Sunday 26 April 2020

Yellow-faced Bell

Yellow-faced Bell Notocelia cynosbatella. This common 'micro' is one of the easier ones to identify with its orangey-yellow palps. There are a number of similar confusion species that I really struggle with.
A very disappointing catch last night with 6 Brimstone Moth, 1 Hebrew Character, 1 Yellow-faced Bell, 2 Common Quaker, 2 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 2 Swallow Prominent, 3 Rusty Dot Pearl, 4 Muslin Moth, 1 Garden Carpet and 1 Narrow-winged Grey recorded. I was hoping for a few more moths, under overcast conditions, but I guess it wasn't particularly warm.
Birding from the garden was again very quiet but a Red Kite slowly east at 1112 was good. Otherwise just 2 Swift, 5 Sandwich Tern, 8 Black-headed Gull, 2 House Martin, 1 Mute Swan, 3 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 2+ Whimbrel, 7 Dunlin, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Dark-bellied Brent Goose and 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose.

Green Woodpecker calls are audible throughout the day from the back garden but the source of all the calls only makes occasional appearances.

Rusty Dot Pearl. For an immigrant species this little micro isn't half regular! Surely established as a breeding species now?


  1. Nice moth shots. Suspect the Rusty Dot Pearl is a migrant- quite a few Silver-Ys & Dark Sword Grass being reported.

  2. Hi Neil - yep that's true. Sure you're right. Al the best. Matt