Sunday 12 April 2020

Easter Weekend

A pair of Bullfinches were the first I've recorded from the garden during the 'Lockdown' period. They spent a good part of the morning feeding on buds but remained mostly out of sight.
More time spent in the garden this weekend. Most unusual sighting today was a Fulmar doing laps around the lower part of the estuary shortly after 1pm. Interestingly it's not the first time I've recorded this species from the back garden so they're clearly not averse to flying a little way inland. Otherwise today's garden list included 1 Red Kite (east at 1338), 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 3+ Linnet, 1 Grey Heron, 2+ Whimbrel, 1 Meadow Pipit, 4 Shelduck, 2 Bullfinch, 1+ Willow Warbler, 4+ Mallard, 7 Black-headed Gull, 1+ Common Gull, 1 Wheatear, 32+ Sandwich Tern, 8+ Cattle Egret (in cattle field behind Starcross), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 28 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 3+ Blackcap, 1 Swallow and 2 Raven.
Yesterday - 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 5 Shelduck, 2 Siskin (east), 2 Swallow, 29 Cattle Egret (left roost at 0805), 11 Sandwich Tern, 6 Black-headed Gull, 30+ Curlew, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2+ Rook, 2 Linnet, 2 Blackcap, 2 Mute Swan and c40+ Bar-tailed Godwit.
It was good to get the moth trap running last night. Inside were 7 Common Quaker, 1 Small Quaker, 2 Early Grey, 7 Double-striped Pug, 2 Brimstone Moth, 13 Hebrew Character, 1 Lunar Marbled Brown, 1 Muslin Moth, 1 Flame Shoulder, 2 Powdered Quaker, 1 Mullein, 1 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 1 Narrow-winged Grey, 1 Brindled Pug, 1 Early Thorn and 1 Brown-spot Flat-body (Agnopterix alstromeriana).

My third garden 'Lockdown' Wheatear.

Red Kite - east at 1338.

Holly Blue on Laurel. I rarely see them with their wings apart this far. This is the most abundant species around at the moment.
Red Admiral - the first I've seen in a while. Other species in the garden this weekend include Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Large White, Peacock, Speckled Wood and Holly Blue.

This little fella is stealing our Guinea Pig food - photographed by Maisie whilst I was on the playing fields behind our house, getting the daily exercise in! I know it's a mouse but no idea which species.

 Narrow-winged Grey - Eudonia angustea.

Brimstone Moth

Shuttle-shaped Dart

Hebrew Character (a different individual below).


Small Quaker - a poorly-marked individual.

Lunar Marbled Brown - note the crescent 'moon' within the white cross-band.

 Flame Shoulder

Powdered Quaker


Muslin Moth
Brindled Pug

Early Grey

 Common Quaker

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