Thursday 31 August 2017

Portland Ribbon Wave

Portland Ribbon Wave - found beside an outside light in the Bristol Schools camp. I'm assuming this is an immigrant but Nick has already trapped two of these, not too far away as the crow flies. There may well be a small resident population in Exmouth.
It was pretty good again today on Orcombe, although the highlight was a Portland Ribbon Wave - see above. The following made the notebook: 14+ Tree Pipit, 10+ Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 16+ Meadow Pipit, 7+ 'Alba' Wagtail, c15+ Wheatear, 9+ Yellow Wagtail, 2+ Grey Wagtail, 5+ Willow Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler (my first this autumn), 4+ Blackcap, c20/30+ Swallow, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1+ Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Sand Martin and 1 Whinchat.
About 90 Canada Geese created a din as they passed over early morning. I'm guessing that a tiny one among them was probably the green-ringed Cackling Goose that's been knocking around the north end of the river. It was good to see a Kestrel on the point today, hopefully continuing the recent trend of juveniles spending the autumn in the area.
Juvenile Willow Warbler - one of at least 5 today. These are still outnumbered by Chiffies on Orcombe but I'm assuming the bulk of Chiffies I've been seeing have bred/are the result of breeding on the patch.

Whinchat - 3rd of the autumn

Wheatear and Willow Warbler

This tiny black bee is Common Furrow Bee - Lasioglossum calceatum - many thanks Nick.


Spotted Flycatcher


  1. Great to see the PRW. My hunch is an immigrant moth as I've not caught any this year (yet!).

  2. You may well be right Nick but a small colony is surely a real possibility. You may be on the periphery where you are which would explain why you've not had them (yet) this year. Many thanks for all your help with the bees. All the best. Matt