Wednesday 22 April 2020

Common Slender and Migrants

 Common Slender Gracillaria syringella - a miniscule 'micro' and the most common member of this family (Gracillariidae) that I see.
Scanning from the back garden today produced 3 Hobby (all east on the same line at 1002, 1300 and 1648), 1 Red Kite, 9 Brent Goose, 1 Yellow Wagtail (north), 4 Whimbrel, 13 Curlew, 2 Linnet, 1 Rook, 7 Mute Swan, 3 Common Gull, just one or two Sandwich Tern and a trickle of hirundines, mostly east, comprising c20+ Swallow and 7 House Martin.
The moth trap contained 2 Double-striped Pug, 4 Light Brown Apple Moth, 1 Silver Y, 1 Rusty Dot Pearl, 1 Common Slender, 2 Nut-tree Tussock, 3 Muslin Moth, 3 Brimstone Moth, 8 Hebrew Character, 1 Angle Shades, 1 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 2 Common Quaker, 1 Ruddy Streak and 1 Early Grey.

Male Light Brown Apple Moth - a common species, originally accidentally introduced from Australia where it is considered a pest.

This Red Kite circled slowly eastwards at 1155 - my first since April 13th. It took pretty much the same line as the Hobbies (today's trio and the previous two) - crossing the river and heading east over open countryside between Lympstone and Exmouth, skirting the northern edge of the town and tracking up towards the East Devon Commons. Where they head once past Exmouth is, of course, anyone's guess.

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