Sunday 25 June 2017

Beautiful Golden Y

Beautiful Golden Y - yet another lovely moth trapped by Martin out at Kentisbeare. A massive thank you to Martin for letting me see it and for finally ending the years of 'Golden Y drought'.
The Beautiful Golden Y was the clear highlight today but I saw a few nice bits and pieces on East Budleigh Common, including White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Silver-studded Blue, Green Hairstreak, Ringlet, Scarlet Tiger, Marbled White-spot, Green Carpet, Common Wave, Common White Wave, Yellow Shell, Clouded Border and Single-dotted Wave.
A very quick look off Mudbank produced 35 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Dunlin, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Sandwich Tern.

Ringlet - good numbers today cf none last weekend.

Clouded Border

Speckled Wood

Silver-washed Fritillary
Finally an early morning walk around the river Otter, chiefly to look for moths, produced a singing male Lesser Whitethroat just north of White's Bridge, some recently fledged Cetti's Warblers, a Kingfisher and a surprise Brown Hare.

Damselfly sp - Edit - Azure Damselfly (above and below) - many thanks to Simon Colenutt for the identifications.

Peacock Butterfly larvae

Blue-tailed Damselfly


  1. Regarding the damselflies, the top two are Azure Damselfly and the lower a Blue-tailed Damselfly.

    1. Thank you Simon - that's great. As you can see I've got a lot to learn when it comes to dragon/damsel id. Cheers. Matt