Saturday 12 August 2017

Restharrow Piercer? Possibly Not!

Grey Gorse Piercer - Cydia succedana or possibly Restharrow Piercer - Cydia microgrammana - presumably the former.
I had my best views of the juvenile White-winged Black Tern at 0635 this morning, as it fished off Exmouth beach. I have to say I wasn't expecting to see it off there and it's kind of surprising that it hasn't found its way to Exminster Marshes or Bowling Green yet. Having said that we tend to do a bit better for Black Terns down this end of the river. Also off the seafront - 5 Mute Swan, 19 Common Scoter, 70+ Sandwich Tern, 4+ Common Tern and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull.
I had the White-winged Black Tern off Mudbank at 0805 (and again at 1230) along with 6+ Mediterranean Gull, 22 Whimbrel, 78 Canada Goose, 120+ Mallard, 1 Little Tern, 13+ Common Tern, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank and 34+ Little Egret.
The only immigrants in the moth trap last night were about half a dozen Rusty-dot Pearl, and singles of Silver Y and dark Sword-grass, but there was a reasonable selection of common stuff that included Jersey Tiger, Small Seraphim, Orange Swift, Leopard Moth, Blood-vein, Cloaked Minor, Vine's Rustic, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Ruby Tiger, Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Yellow Shell, Yellow-tail, Ringed China-mark, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Mother of Pearl, Ruddy Streak, Square-spot Rustic, Dark Arches, Flame Shoulder, Heart and Dart, Willow Beauty, Dingy Footman, Bright-line Brown-eye, Lime-speck Pug, Double-striped Pug, Southern Bell, Grey Gorse or Restharrow Piercer, Magpie Moth and Brimstone Moth.

Small Wainscot - trapped by Martin at Saint hill, near Kentisbeare, and kindly transported to Exmouth. Only the second one I've seen. Thanks Martin

Orange Swift

Leopard Moth


micro sp

Small Seraphim
Juvenile Sparrowhawk on our back garden fence.

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