Wednesday 8 September 2021

Clifden Nonpareil

I've seen Clifden Nonpareils before but never trapped one myself, so this individual was a most welcome sight, clinging to the side of the trap this morning. A chunk of its forewing is missing revealing the blue on the hindwing, which is otherwise tricky to photograph. Good numbers of common stuff was also trapped but perhaps worth a mention were 3 Silver Y, 3 Turnip Moth, Marbled Green, Dark Spectacle, Pale Mottled Willow and a Rusty Dot Pearl.

A quick look on Orcombe revealed just 30+ Swallows and 25 Yellow Wagtails so I wasn't expecting any migrants on this afternoon's dog walk, along the cycle path to West Lodge. A small stretch of hedgerow held 2 Spotted Flycatchers and a Redstart.
Off Mudbank - 4 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 5 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 14 Teal, 7 Shelduck, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Dunlin and 16 Pintail.

One of three Turnip Moths trapped last night.

Spotted Flycatcher - one of two at West Lodge, seen whilst walking the dog with Lu this afternoon. Both birds were in a hedgerow with a Redstart (below). Spot Flys have been conspicuous by their complete absence on Orcombe this autumn so these certainly weren't expected.

Marbled Green.

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