Tuesday 4 July 2017

A Bird!

Adult Mediterranean Gull - off the seafront this morning.
I thought I'd better include some birds in this post as recent posts have been rather heavy on the moths. As usual, when the mothing is good the birds tend to take a back seat. Single adult Mediterranean Gulls were off the seafront and Mudbank today, with the latter site also producing my first Redshank in a long while.
Meanwhile on the mothing front, last night the garden produced 58 macros - Buff Arches, Common Emerald, Blood-vein, Small Blood-vein, Small Fan-footed Wave, Single-dotted Wave, Riband Wave, Garden Carpet, Barred Straw, Common Marbled Carpet, July Highflyer, Slender Pug, Haworth's Pug, Toadflax Pug, Foxglove Pug, Common Pug, Grey Pug, V-Pug, Green Pug, Double-striped Pug, Clouded Border, Brimstone, Early Thorn, Scalloped Oak, Swallow-tailed Moth, Willow Beauty, Elephant Hawkmoth, Rosy Footman, Dingy Footman, Common Footman, Four-spotted Footman, Buff Ermine, Kent Black Arches, Heart and Club, Heart and Dart, The Flame, Flame Shoulder, Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Yellow Underwing, True Lover's Knot, Double Square-spot, Grey Arches, Dot Moth, Bright-line Brown-eye, Clay, Smoky Wainscot, Poplar Grey, Dark/Grey Dagger, Dark Arches, Light Arches, Minor Agg, Cloaked Minor, Common/Lesser Common Rustic, Uncertain, Mottled Rustic, Silver Y, Spectacle, Snout and Fan-foot.
Micros - Garden Pebble, European Corn-borer, Rusty-dot Pearl, Bird-cherry Ermine, Thistle Ermine, Olive-tree Pearl, Garden Grass-veneer, Elder Pearl, Dusky Pearl, Hoary Bell, Barred Marble, Mother of Pearl, Water Veneer and Ringed China-mark.

European Corn-borer. This species, along with a Rusty-dot Pearl, an Olive-tree Pearl, a Bird-cherry Ermine and a couple Silver Y were all presumably/possibly immigrants.

Kent Black Arches

Toadflax Pug

Four-spotted Footman

Dot Moth

Ephestia sp

Grey Knot-horn - Acrobasis advenella

Olive-tree Pearl - Palpita vitrealis

Elder Pearl - Anania coronata


  1. Great catch Matt. Had a night off last night but will be setting trap tonight.

  2. Hi Matt, i was wondering what bird guide you use? As i have heard good things about the collins bird guide! Do you have any experience witj this guide? Thanks, Jacob.