Saturday 21 July 2018

Black Tern

One of 4 Common Sandpipers off Mudbank on the rising tide this morning. My first autumn returners.
A juvenile Black Tern made its way quickly downriver off Mudbank at around 0955. I'm not sure I've had one as early as this before. It gained height as it passed over Exmouth Docks, but not before I was able to enjoy scope views. Always a joy, though I was kind of hoping it was another WWBT. Also off Mudbank today - 4 Common Sandpiper, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 15 Whimbrel, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Mallard and a Peregrine. Positively lively by recent standards!

Narrow-winged Pug - this and Mullein Wave are infrequent visitors to the trap here in Exmouth. Other notables last night included another Barred Red, about a dozen Silver Y (including 2 f. gammina), one Rusty Dot Pearl and a single Diamond-back Moth.

Common Cloaked Shoot - Gypsonoma dealbana - the black streak near the middle of the wing helps separate this species from the similar G. sociana

Mullein Wave

Adult and second-summer Mediterranean Gull off Mudbank. The 2s is red-ringed H2Y4 - see below.

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