Saturday 13 July 2019

Crescent Dart

Crescent Dart - only the second time I've trapped this coastal species.

An early morning look off Mudbank produced 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 10+ Sandwich Tern, 8 Sand Martin, 2+ Whimbrel, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gulls. Nearby off Maer Rocks - 2 Common Tern and 2 Mediterranean Gulls.
Martin and I popped up to Taunton to try for clearwings but we had no luck, scuppered by overcast conditions and a cool breeze. Got some nice moths at Martin's though! My journey back took me past Exton Station where the Osprey did the decent thing and put on an impressive, and ultimately successful, fishing display.

Barred Marble - Celypha striana

Common Tern - off Maer Rocks. A juvenile was on the next buoy along.

One of two Mediterranean Gulls on Maer Rocks.

Minor agg - a probable Rufous Minor with pale brown oval and kidney mark, reddish-brown tufts on thorax and a nice reddish central cross-band - Saint Hill.

Blue-bordered Carpet - Saint Hill

Garden Tiger - Saint Hill

Osprey - Exton Station

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