Monday 7 October 2019

Pearly Underwing

Pearly Underwing - I don't see too many of these so it's always a good day when I catch one, despite the fact that they're not the most aesthetically pleasing of moths. It's probably best-described as a scarce migrant for me here in Exmouth. Only a couple Rusty Dot Pearl and a Silver Y otherwise, with more local fare including several Feathered Ranunculus, a couple Black Rustic, Angle Shades, L-album Wainscot, Sallow, Pink-barred Sallow, Common Marbled Carpet, Square-spot Rustic, Vine's Rustic, Double-striped Pug, Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Yellow Underwing and Setaceous Hebrew Character.
The bulk of the day was spent at work but my first Redwing called as I went through the moth trap at dawn and half a dozen Chiffchaff were on Orcombe late this afternoon. A couple Skylark heading out to sea late on was a bit odd with c20+ Common Scoter loafing offshore.
Yesterday - c90+ Sandwich Tern off the seafront with 2 Arctic Skua in attendance. Also 2 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Common Tern along with high numbers of Black-headed Gulls.
Orcombe's birds included 12+ Chiffchaff, c25+ Linnet, 1 Kestrel, 5 Swallow, 11+ 'alba' wagtail and 1+ Goldcrest.

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