Sunday 24 July 2016

Classic YLG on Beach

Five Mediterranean Gulls together on Maer Rocks first thing this morning.
A bit samey this morning but that's fine by me because it meant discovering another two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls. The individual shown was initially on Maer Rocks before the tide pushed it off on to the beach. The second bird was flying around out in the bay. Also seen this morning were 7 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Sanderling and 1 Dunlin.
A further 7 Mediterranean Gulls were of Mudbank on the dropping tide, along with a couple Whimbrel.
Migrant moth species trapped last night comprised of 6 Silver Y and 2 Rusty Dot Pearl. Otherwise the following macro species were trapped: Drinker, Buff Arches, Common Emerald, Small Blood-vein, Small Fan-footed Wave, Single-dotted Wave, Riband Wave, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Garden Carpet, Slender Pug, Haworth's Pug, Foxglove Pug, Green Pug, Double-striped Pug, Clouded Border, Dusky Thorn, Early Thorn, Scalloped Oak, Swallow-tailed Moth, Bordered Beauty, Willow Beauty, Brussels Lace, Poplar Hawkmoth, Elephant Hawkmoth, Buff-tip, Yellow-tail, Rosy Footman, Dingy Footman, Hoary Footman, Common Footman, Four-spotted Footman, Buff Ermine, Ruby Tiger, Heart and Club, Heart and Dart, Flame, Flame Shoulder, Lesser Yellow Underwing, True Lover's knot, Square-spot Rustic, Dot Moth, Bright-line Brown-eye, Clay, Smoky wainscot, Knot Grass, Marbled Green, Dark Arches, Minor Agg, Common/Lesser Common Rustic, Uncertain, Rustic, Spectacle, Straw Dot, Snout, Fan-foot and Small Fan-foot.
The smart White-foot Bell was the micro highlight but as usual there were more identification conundrums than positive id's!

YLG and adult Med Gull

Obligatory YLG flight shot

This is the first juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull I've seen this summer. I also saw my first juvenile Great Black-backed Gull this morning.

The juvenile Yellow-legged Gull eventually joined the small gull flock roosting half way along Exmouth Beach.

This bird had already replaced some of its scapulars with new first-winter anchor-marked feathers.

White-foot Bell - Epiblema foenella

Hoary Footman - a garden first

Male Four-spotted Footman

Micro sp - Edit - Poplar Cosmet - Batrachedra praeangusta - many thanks Nick!

Tortrix sp

Pyralid sp

Tortrix sp


  1. Hi Matt, Loved the YLG - great example. I think your first (long) micro might be batrachedra praeangusta ... see

  2. Thanks for the ID Nick and thanks Mike. This one was a bit more cooperative than the majority that pass through. Cheers. Matt

  3. Now had a chance to look at your pyralid and I'm wondering if it's a worn Rhodophaea formosa (Beautiful Knot-horn - see Clean examples are much more red, but worn one on the web seem to match this quite well.