Saturday 21 November 2020

Not a great deal to report for November. The first Winter Moth of the season turned up near the moth trap. Early in the month there were 4 Glossy Ibis on the RSPB reserve at Dungeness, and the Barn Owl showed well one late afternoon at Seasalter. The usual Mediterranean Gull was at Hampton Pier but no sign of any Purple Sandpipers there yet.

    Barn Owl

                                                                  Mediterranean Gull

                                                                       Winter Moth

 Glossy Ibis



Sunday 1 November 2020

The moth trap year list for the end of October is now 410-13 more than my previous best year. The most interesting recent addition was a small pyralid Musotima nitidalis, an adventive species that originates from Australia or New Zealand. Other recent additions for the year are: Large Wainscot, Feathered Thorn and Barred Sallow. The ornithological highlight of the month was a Masked Shrike at Shuart in NE Kent, which the first record for the county. At Dunge a Black Redstart posed near the power station.

 Musotima nitidalis

Barred Sallow

Masked Shrike

Black Redstart