Monday 22 October 2018

Moths and Osprey

I suspect that Martin is right and this is indeed an Autumnal Moth but I've never been brave enough to identify the ' Epiritta' species to form and some online research so far hasn't boosted my confidence. Any comments appreciated.
Orcombe - 0725 - 0930 - 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Yellowhammer, 1+ Goldcrest, 3+ Song Thrush, c15+ Pied Wagtail, 4+ Siskin, 15+ Meadow Pipit, c20+  Goldfinch, c40+ Linnet, c350+ Woodpigeon, 10+ Chaffinch, 5 Redpoll, 2 Grey Wagtail, 10+ Skylark, 1 Stonechat, 1 Coal Tit, 6 Snipe, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 6+ Starling.
Martin popped over mid-morning with some moths, and from the back garden we recorded 3 Coal Tit and the Osprey fishing the lower reaches of the Exe.
A quick look off Mudbank late afternoon revealed 124 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Redshank, 1 Greenshank and 270+ Curlew.

Satellite - an absolutely gorgeous moth. This individual's 'satellites' are orange instead of white but it's never-the-less a beauty. Thanks Martin. I think this is my new favourite species.

Chestnut - a nice fresh 'white-dusted' example of this variable species.

The many Grey Squirrels at Mudbank have a penchant for Hawthorn berries.

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