Sunday 23 July 2017

Roseate Tern

Edit - Caloptilia rufipenella - According to UKMoths this species was first discovered in Britain in 1970.It is evidently quite variable in appearance but note the narrow white strip on the blackish-looking forelegs. Thanks to Nick for helping to suss this one out. By the way if anyone knows the new English name for this species I'd be grateful.
Nothing too out of the ordinary in the trap last night, but immigrant species included 7 Silver Y, 1 Dark Sword Grass and 4+ Rusty-dot Pearl.
Most of the day has been taken up with football, but a quick look off Mudbank produced 9 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Sandpiper, 26+ Whimbrel, c50+ Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern and 17 Mallard.
The day's highlight was the Warren's Roseate Tern that was feeding around the buoys off the seafront early evening. A big thank you to Lee for the text, which allowed me to finally catch up with this bird that has been playing 'cat and mouse' with me for a couple days now.


  1. Hi Matt,
    I put the moth out on Twitter and Sean at MothIDUK is suggesting Caloptilia rufipennella. The UK moths photos don't look very similar, but others on the web do - see for example:

  2. Thanks for that Nick - a very variable species by the looks of it.

  3. Hi mate. Doing a google search the English name for Caloptilia rufipenella is Small Red Slender. Seventh species on this list