Thursday 31 May 2018

Since my last post moth numbers have continued to build with Cypress Carpet, Flame Carpet, Foxglove Pug and Privet Hawk-moth all new for the year. My 2nd Stag Beetle of the year turned up inside the moth tap this morning.

Stag Beetle

 Privet Hawk-moth

 Cypress Carpet

Saturday 26 May 2018

Spent a day at Dungeness on Thursday. The best birds of the day were Black terns with 3 at the patch and 7 on the reserve, where there was a good selection of waders including a Curlew Sandpiper, a few Sanderling, Dunlin, Turnstone, and Ringed Plovers. Four Little Gulls were also present and Southern Marsh Orchids were noted on the RSPB reserve. The moth trap has been improving this week with my 2nd ever Orange Footman this morning and a number of new records for the year including: Light Brocade, Light Emerald, Vine's Rustic, Small Waved Umber, Small Square Spot and Pale Tussock.

Little Gull

 Black Terns

 Reed Warbler

Southern Marsh Orchids

Thursday 10 May 2018

I recently returned from a Birding holiday in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. Since my return there have a been a few new moth records for the year: Buttoned Snout, The Lychnis and my 3rd ever Puss Moth, the first for 8 years. I shall be putting a few more pictures from the holiday on my Flickr site in due course.
 Puss Moth

 Demoiselle Crane (Georgia)

 Kruper's Nuthatch (Georgia)

 Wallcreeper (Georgia)