Monday 22 July 2019

Svensson's Copper Underwing

Svensson's Copper Underwing - yet another Exmouth garden first, or at least it's the first time I've identified one.

Two adult Roseate Terns on Bull Hill shortly before 7am this morning. Lee's pretty sure they're two of yesterday's birds. Lee has also received information that Saturday's individual was ringed as a pullus at Rockabill, Ireland on July 4th 2017. Thanks Lee.
Also off Shelly Beach - 120+ Sandwich Tern, at least 6 Common Tern and at least 5 Mediterranean Gulls.
Nearby off Mudbank - 25+ Whimbrel and 5 Mallard.

The black labial palps, tipped white, are a useful identification feature. Ideally you'd look at the underside of the hind wing for a firm identification, but this would involve anaesthetising the moth which I have neither the means nor the desire to do!

Swallow Prominent

Plain Conch - Phtheochroa inopiana

Marbled Green

I think this is Rock Samphire

Rosy Cloaked Shoot - Gypsonoma aceriana - a brand new micro for me. It has presumably wandered over from the line of poplars at Lower Halsdon Farm.

Least Yellow Underwing

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