Not a big-hitter in the looks department but this Anomalous put a big smile on my face! Nick and I trapped it within minutes of setting up a couple traps on the edge of East Budleigh Common last night. This is a female and a pretty worn one but its a moorland and heathland species, unlikely to turn up in my Exmouth garden. Many thanks to Nick for arranging the evening and for the use of his generator.
Yet another quiet day for birds in Exmouth. Orcombe sightings included 5 Chiffchaff, 3+ Goldcrest, c20/30+ Swallow, c20+ House Martin, c30/40+ Meadow Pipit, 3+ 'alba' wagtail, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Snipe, 2 Wheatear, 1 Stonechat and 1+ Blackcap. Offshore 1 Arctic Skua lingering and 10 Brent Geese towards the river mouth.
Off Mudbank yesterday I counted c700 Brent Geese (still including Pale-bellied birds) and today there was a similar number, along with 2 Greenshank and the first two Red-breasted Mergansers of the autumn.
Heath Rustic - another new moth for me and, as the name suggests, a heathland species. Nick and I also trapped 2 Black Rustic, several Grey Pine Carpet, 1 Diamond-back Moth, a few Double-striped Pug, 1 or 2 Lunar Underwing, Common Marbled Carpet, Barred Sallow, Rusty Dot Pearl, Snout, 2 or 3 Brindled Green, Common Wainscot, Lesser Yellow Underwing, 2 Flounced Chestnut, Dingy Dowd and Delicate.
A Brindled Green looking more grey and white.
One of two Flounced Chestnut - the brighter and more beautiful of the two below.
Grey Pine Carpet
A Blair's Shoulder-knot from Martin's trap last night.