Tuesday 31 May 2016

Portland Ribbon Wave

Portland Ribbon Wave

A big thank you to Nick for popping in with this moth this morning - a rare species I've long hoped to see and one that appears to be spreading from its Portland stronghold, although it could be an immigrant from the continent. It's very difficult to know when it comes to moths. Have a look at Nick's fabulous blog - www.wordofmothblog.wordpress.com which brilliantly charts his journey into the world of moths and the complexities of identifying new species as they are encountered for the very first time. I'm sure it will encourage more people to take up this fascinating and all-consuming hobby.
On the bird front, an Osprey watched hunting the lower part of the estuary at 0830 this morning, from the back garden, was the highlight and represents only the second one I've seen this spring (cf 5 spring birds last year). One can only wonder where it's going this late on in the season but late May/June records are not unprecedented on the Exe.
Off Maer Rocks this morning - 15 Sandwich Terns, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 6 Sanderling and 2+ Great Crested Grebes.

Swallow - Exmouth Docks

Little Egret over the back garden.

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