Thursday 24 August 2017

A Few more Migrants

Spotted Flycatcher
Orcombe Point today - 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 6+ Chiffchaff, c10/20+ Swallow, 5+ Willow Warbler, 3+ Tree Pipit, 4+ Whitethroat, 3/4 Grey Wagtail, 5+ Blackcap, 1 Pied Wagtail , 6+ Wheatear and 2 Swift.
I spent a little while in the garden, hoping the escaped White Stork would fly my way but it seems it went north not south. I did record 2+ Tree Pipit, 1 Swift, 1 Kestrel north (only my second in Exmouth this year), 1 juv Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Tern, c10/20+ Common Tern and c70/80+ Dunlin downriver.
Yesterday a concerted search for the WWBT proved fruitless bit I did see 1 juv Little Tern, 1 Greenshank, 8 Redshank, 7 Teal, 1 Kingfisher, 11 Ringed Plover, c40+ Dunlin and, quite notably, c80+ Common Tern - the highest number for quite some time.

Marbled Piercer - Cydia splendana

Vestal - my first one this year - an immigrant species, in the company of a Silver Y and a Rusty Dot Pearl.

Gold-spot - other moths trapped last night included Blood-vein, Riband Wave, Spectacle, Lobster Moth, Angle Shades, Lime-speck Pug and Cabbage Moth.

Clay Triple-lines - 2nd generation - my first trapped in Exmouth. Second generation individuals look subtly different to spring specimens - a little more like Maiden's Blush - note the white spots on both forewing and hindwing.

This pale immature male Wheatear was a real beauty - keeping company with five less striking individuals on Orcombe today.

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