Today whilst doing gardening It was very hot so I tried out the Emperor
Moth pheromone lure and sure enough one turned up after about 30
minutes-never stopped flapping but a first for the garden of course.Had a better day at
Dunge on Thursday where there was an arrival of Garganey I saw 7 of the 8 Garganey on the reserve. Also on the reserve were a
small flock Water Pipits. Finally from the ramp on the
reserve we saw a Bittern “booming” which was a first for me and meant
we had 5 species of heron in the day with Cattle, Little, and Great White
Egrets plus Grey Heron.
Since my last post there have been 3 species new for the year in the trap: Diurnea fagella, Double-striped Pug and best of all an Oak Beauty. I recorded this latter species for the very first time last year, so I was pleased to record one again. Bird migration seems to be getting going now. A Glossy Ibis has been around at Oare and I finally caught up with the Penduline Tit that has been at Grove Ferry for a few weeks now.
Since my last post the micro A. alstromeriana has been the only new species for the year in the trap. Struggled round Dungeness in a gale last Wednesday after which there was nothing new to report although the 4 Cattle Egrets were close to the road near the Lydd roundabout. The previous weekend I made the effort to visit Pencester gardens in Dover where the Yellow-browed Warbler has over-wintered.
Since my last post there have been a few more moth species recorded: Small Quaker, Early Grey, Clouded Drab and Common Plume, bringing the total to 11 for the year so far. At Dungeness I've been struggling to see anything new. Yesterday gale force winds there made life difficult. A Wheatear and a couple of Swallows were seen but not by me. The Smew and Black-necked Grebe are still present on the RSPB reserve. Two Great White Egrets were noted. Reed Buntings were common around the reserve too.