Tuesday 27 August 2019

Bryotropha domestica and Yellow Wags

One of two or three Wheatear on Orcombe today. Quieter than yesterday.
A slower day for migrants today. The early morning rain didn't really deliver the hoped-for fall but it was still great to be out and about searching for stuff. Orcombe totals included 5 Ringed Plover, 2 Blackcap, 1 Coal Tit, 17+ Yellow Wagtail, 3+ Tree Pipit, 3+ alba wagtail, 9 Greenfinch, 25+ Swallow, 1 Swift, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, just 1+ House Martin, 2+ Wheatear, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Chiffchaff.
Nearby in Maer Valley - 12+ Yellow Wagtail, 2 Spotted Fycatcher and a Kestrel.
Off Mudbank - 3 Mediterranean Gull and two Yellow Wagtail over.

Old Lady

Small Square-spot - 2nd brood and the first one I've seen for a long time. I'm sure they used to be a lot more common.

House Groundling or House Neb - Bryotropha domestica - a new 'Gelechiid' for me.

Common Darter

Bristly Ox-tongue

At least a dozen Yellow Wagtails in with the Maer Valley cow herd but these birds were bathing in the nearby stream - photographed from the footbridge.

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