Saturday, 1 January 2022

 Since my last post I've recorded 2 more December Moths and 3 Winter Moths in the garden. However, a bit of a surprise was Acleris umbrana which was a new species for the garden list, bring it to 695and the final total for 2021 to 367. Highlights of the year were the 5 species of Clearwing Moth recorded in the garden, plus 1st records of Garden Tiger and Bordered Beauty. Birds seen recently have included the White Stork on Worth Marsh, and Short-eared and Barn Owls showing well at ElmleyNNR.

Acleris umbrana

White Stork
Short-eared Owl

Barn Owl

Saturday, 4 December 2021

A December Moth this morning brought the year total garden moth list to 366 for the year. This total is 45 down on last year's,  mainly due to the poor spring and early summer. Two Glossy Ibis have been showing well occasionally at Dungeness, where on Thursday 6 Whooper Swans turned up on the ARC Pit.

 December Moth


Glossy Ibis

Whooper Swans


Saturday, 13 November 2021

Still getting few moths in the trap, with Mottled Umber and The Sprawler being new for the year, and a very small micro: Blastobasis vittata new for the garden. Also the Siberian Chiffchaff showed well at Swalecliffe yesterday morning.

The Sprawler.

Mottled Umber
Blastobasis vittata
Siberian Chiffchaff

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Reaching the end of another month there's not much to report. Total moth species for the year in the garden is 359 which compares to 410 at the same time last year. Recent records include the first Merveille du Jour of the year, Barred Sallow and Clancy's Rustic.

Merveille du Jour

Barred Sallow
Clancy's Rustic

Friday, 22 October 2021

The moth trap has not been particularly exciting this month. It's seems to have been too cold or too wet a lot of the time. Best record has been Musotima nitidalis which was my second record (First was last year) plus a few of the regulars.

Musotima nitidalis

Orange Sallow
Green-brindled Crescent
The Sallow



Monday, 11 October 2021

I spent the last 2 weeks of September visiting Calgary, Alberta-my forst trip abroad since the start of the pandemic. Here are a few pictures from Alberta-more will appear on my Flickr site.

 Sabine's Gull (Juv.)






Friday, 3 September 2021

 At the end of August the annual moth list stood at 323 species which was 53 short of the number at the same stage last year. However there have been a couple of garden firsts since my last post: Bordered Beauty and a couple of Gypsy Moths. A female Southern Hawker Dragonfly also turned up in the garden, and at Dungeness I saw my first Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket-a final instar (not quite an adult) and a Southern Oak Bush-cricket (Both courtesy of Dave Walker).  

Bordered Beauty

Gypsy Moth
Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket
Southern Oak Bush-cricket

Southern Hawker (f)