Tuesday 11 August 2020

Ruff and Straw Underwing

Juvenile Ruff - Orcombe Point. I was chuffed to find this on the slurry pit early this morning. The slurry pit is famously bad for waders. In over twenty years of watching Orcombe Point I've recorded just single figures of Green Sandpiper and a fly-over Greenshank there. Each time I approach it, it's with the full assumption that there'll be nothing there!
On Orcombe Point this morning - 1 Wheatear, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Willow Warblers, 6 Swallow, 1 House Martin and a juvenile Ruff. Nearby, on Maer Rocks, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin and 1 Turnstone.
Off Mudbank - 7 Teal, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Wigeon, 188 Mallard and 32 Whimbrel.

The only migrants trapped last night were a couple Rusty Dot Pearl, so it was a nice surprise to stumble upon this Vestal, in cliff-top grass, on Orcombe Point.

Straw Underwing - Martin trapped this beauty last night near Kentisbeare. It's a new one for me and a rare moth in the county, though it's more frequently recorded in other parts of the country. Thank you Martin.

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