Thursday 16 April 2020

Pine Beauty and Migrants

Another day of lockdown, another gorgeous moth - this Pine Beauty was today's star - probably one of my top 5 favourites.
A bit of migration witnessed from the back garden today - 11 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Yellow Wagtail (north), 1 Siskin (west), 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Sandwich Tern, 5 Linnet, flocks of 8/9, 4 and 5 Dunlin, 4 Grey Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 2 hirundine sp and 2 Swallow. Additionally - 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Stock Dove, c55 Curlew, 1 Mallard and 1+ Sparrowhawk.
On the moth front - 4 Common Quaker, 1 Angle Shades, 7 Hebrew Character, 1 Swallow Prominent, 1 Pine Beauty, 2 Early Grey, 1 Muslin Moth, 2 Powdered Quaker and 1 Narrow-winged Grey.



  1. You're getting some nice moths Matt - better than me at the moment ... though I think the family of Blackbirds in the garden, plus Robins and GTs might account for some of them!

  2. Hi Nick - really enjoying species that I don't normally see because I'm such a late trapper! Still remember that pink-tinged Pine Beauty you caught in Exmouth a couple years ago - they're hard to beat!
    Please keep me posted with what you're getting. Was very gripped off with Martin's Blossom Underwing - would have been over there like a shot in normal circumstances. All the best. Matt