Thursday 23 April 2020

Geese and Moths

Four Greylag Geese flew upriver and veered off north-east when they reached Powderham. I recorded a dozen birds off Mudbank back on January 23rd but didn't see a single one in Exmouth last year.
All about the geese today with 5 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose and 4 Greylag Goose recorded from the back garden. Otherwise disappointingly few migrants after a decent day yesterday - 17+ Sandwich Tern, 2 Dunlin and 2+ Whimbrel making up a very meagre selection for mid-April, though not a great deal of time spent watching today.
Moth numbers were up on the previous night with 6 Brimstone Moth, 1 Early Grey, 1 Early Thorn, 1 Mullein, 3 Common Quaker, 2 Rusty Dot Pearl, 4 Double-striped Pug, 5 Light Brown Apple Moth, 1 Iron Prominent, 1 Cinnabar, 1 Silver Y, 1 Knot Grass, 3 Oak-tree Pug, 2 Hebrew Character, 5 Muslin Moth, 4 Ruddy Streak, 1 Least Black Arches, 1 Bird's-nest Moth (Tinea trinotella), 2 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 1 Bright-line Brown-eye and 1 Flame Shoulder.

Cinnabar Moth

Iron Prominent

Bird's-nest Moth Tinea trinotella

Knot Grass

Bright-line Brown-eye

Male Holly Blue - high numbers of this species around today. Our two Holly bushes proving very popular.

Female Holly Blue - lots of creeping around on the Holly presumably meant this female was looking for suitable places to lay eggs.

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