Sunday 8 November 2020

Radford's Flame Shoulder

Radford's Flame Shoulder - trapped last night in Budleigh by Nick. I've been hoping to see this species for some time now. The place to see them is Portland but over the last few years they've been expanding their range, so it felt like it was only a matter of time, and I predicted that Nick would be the first to strike gold! Many thanks Nick!

Three hours walking around Orcombe, from dawn, produced at least 19 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 9+ Song Thrush, c20 Blackbird, 16+ Chaffinch, just 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Lapwing, 2 Siskin, 12 Goldfinch, 8 Snipe, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 12+ Goldcrest, 4 Stonechat, 10+ Pied Wagtail, c70 Starling, 1 Redpoll, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Brent Goose, 8 Curlew, 1 Jay and 1 Ring-necked Parakeet.

Off Mudbank - 2 Avocet (very scarce this end of the river), 1 Great Northern Diver, 60 Redshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 8 Pale-bellied Brent Goose and 10 Teal amongst the usual stuff.

A clear little arrival of thrushes overnight included at least 9 Song Thrushes. All were typically skulking but this one perched up for a few seconds. Even then it wasn't easy to see.


  1. Smart moth for sure. I look at the Portland & Dungeness sightings each day so have seen plenty of images of these beauties .Hopefully will see one in the flesh one day. Some more mild nights this week so more opportunity.

  2. Hi Neil - yep very smart and pleasingly distinctive. They seem to be spreading fast so hopefully it won't be too long before you get one. Nick gets some fantastic stuff in his garden. He had 4 Palpita vitrealis and 4 Oak Rustic along with a load of other stuff last night. All the best. Matt