Sunday 20 December 2015

Hummingbird Hawkmoth

This Hummingbird Hawkmoth was temporarily trapped under the glass of our porch this morning. Earlier, a seawatch with Nick, from 0755 to 0855, produced 5 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver and 2 Diver sp, one of which was almost certainly Black-throated. Also 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult and first-winter), 1 Fulmar, 6+ Auk sp and 3 Common Scoter. On Maer Rocks there were 12 Purple Sandpipers, 2+ Turnstone and 57 Dark-bellied Brent Geese.
Off Mudbank, as the tide was coming in, there were 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 1+ Greenshank, c300+ Dunlin, c80+ Turnstone and, most unusually, a Kestrel. Wildfowl numbers were very low but that's always the case at this time of year as the majority of birds are now feeding in wet fields at the north end of the river. This afternoon I photographed a Red Admiral on Warren View.




  1. So let's get this straight. I buy a £150 moth trap and get absolutely nothing in it ... And you have a hummingbird hawkmoth pitching up in your porch in mid-December! There's no justice in the world ... :)

  2. Feel bad now! Please keep us posted on what you're trapping. Chance of some immigrants at the moment still.