Sunday 22 September 2019


One of two Feathered Ranunculus trapped last night. Also - Large Ranunculus, 3 Delicate, 15 Rusty Dot Pearl, Portland Ribbon Wave, 2 Four-spotted Footman, at least 10 L-album Wainscot, 3 Silver Y, 1 or 2 White-point, 1 Diamond-back Moth, Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Lunar Underwing, Vine's Rustic, Square-spot Rustic, Willow Beauty, Garden Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet, Light Brown Apple Moth, Garden Rose Tortrix, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Gold Triangle, Angle Shades, Small Dusty Wave, Double-striped Pug, Brimstone Moth, Mother of Pearl, Snout, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Vapourer, Rosy Rustic, Narrow-winged Grey, Coastal Pearl, Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer, Light Emerald, Southern Bell and Ruddy Streak. Thirty-seven species is not too bad for the time of year but I was kind of expecting a few more migrants, following the warm southerly breeze.
The rain doesn't appear to have dropped very much in the way of migrants, with just 4+ Chiffchaff, a couple Blackcap, c20+ Meadow Pipit and the Golden Plover on Orcombe Point between heavy showers. Nearby, off the seafront - 50+ Sandwich Tern.
Off Mudbank - c12+ Turnstone, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull, c30/40+ Pintail, c300+ Wigeon, 1 Greenshank and 162 Brent Geese, at least a quarter of which were Pale-bellied birds.
Good to bump in to Mike (Greylake Birder) today, and to meet Cilla doing the WeBS count.

Three Delicate trapped last night.

Rusty Dot Pearl - one of 15 trapped. An immigrant species.

One of two Four-spotted Footman trapped last night.

Lesser Yellow Underwing. I'm seeing quite a few of these at the moment but I rarely photograph them. This one was quite nicely marked.

Red Clover - I think.

The Golden Plover is still sneaking around the top fields on Orcombe Point.

Vapourer - I see these day-flying now and again but very rarely trap them.

Mother of Pearl

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