Sunday 10 May 2020

Reed Warbler, Arctic Tern

One of today's Red Kites, both of which eventually headed west. A flock of fifteen went over Exmouth late yesterday afternoon but I missed them.

Last night's moths were 1 Red-green Carpet, 1 Brindled Pug, 1 Chocolate-tip, 1 Sallow Kitten, 4 Least Black Arches, 1 Cinnabar, 12 Common Pug, 5 Muslin Moth, 1 Garden Carpet, 3 Rusty Dot Pearl, 1 Angle Shades, 1 Dark Sword-grass, 3 Light Brown Apple Moth, 1 Lime Hawkmoth, 1 Treble Lines, 1 Dark-barred Tortrix (Syndemis musculana), 2 Heart and Dart, 1 Bird's-nest Moth (Tinea trinotella), 1 Southern Bell (Crocidosema plebejana), 1 V-Pug, 2 Yellow-barred Brindle, 4 Broken-barred Carpet, 1 Ruddy Carpet, 2 Vine's Rustic, 4 Oak-tree Pug, 1 Common Marbled Carpet, 1 Brimstone Moth, 1 Red Twin-spot Carpet, 1 Early Grey, 2 Yellow-faced Bell (Notocelia cynosbatella), 1 Narrow-winged Grey (Eudonia angustea), 1 Ruddy Streak (Tachystola acroxantha), 4 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 2 Iron Prominent and 1 Common Quaker.
Orcombe was again very quiet early this morning but a singing Reed Warbler and 3 Great Northern Diver made it into the notebook. All three divers flying high into the bay and the Reed Warbler in thick scrub near the Geoneedle.
Back home, scanning from the garden produced a fine Arctic Tern that spent quite a while feeding in a manner very akin to a marsh tern, amongst a flock of Black-headed Gulls. Also 2 Red Kite, 1 Siskin (north), 11 House Martin, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 1 first-summer Mediterranean Gull, 1 or 2 first-summer Common Gull, 2+ Whimbrel, 4 Curlew, 1 Dunlin, 5 Dark-bellied Brent Goose the singing male Whitethroat, 1 'commic' tern and 9 Sandwich Tern.



Dark Sword-grass - this and three Rusty Dot Pearl were the only signs of immigration.

Red-green Carpet

Sallow Kitten

Southern Bell Crocidosema plebejana
Lime Hawkmoth


  1. Good to see Red Kites increasing down your way, Matt. I had a new high count of 14 on Friday.

    Some smart moths again- I'm missing my local sessions. Did see a smart Mother Shipton in the field!

  2. Hi Neil - yep we get big influxes in fine weather - do our influxes coincide with lesser numbers up your way I wonder? Haven't seen Mother Shipton for years - great moths. Good to hear from you as always. All the best. Matt

  3. I haven't noticed any lesser numbers here,but I guess a few must come from this way?