Friday, 29 July 2022

Common Terns, Bordered Straw

One of two very vocal Common Terns off the Imperial recreation ground, first thing.

Off Mudbank today - 30+ Whimbrel, 68 Mallard, 1 Common Gull and 1 Mediterranean Gull. Nearby, off the Imperial - 2 Common Terns and several Sandwich Terns. The first-summer Yellow-legged Gull was in the recycling centre.

Sandwich Tern.

This adult Mediterranean Gull was with a juvenile bird and a handful of Black-headed Gulls, on the beach, yesterday morning.

Amazing how site-faithful this first-summer Yellow-legged Gull is - perched on the Coastal Waste  Recycling Centre roof first thing.

Possible Brown-veined Wainscot in the trap this morning - a bit worn and battered and I have to admit to feeling more than a little uncomfortable about the identification. Can Twin-spotted be ruled out, or even Common/Lesser Common Rustic agg?

My first Six-striped Rustic of the summer. Other species trapped last night included Silver Y (just the one), Canary-shouldered Thorn, Cloaked Minor, Ear Moth, White-spotted Pug, Maple Pug, Pebble Hook-tip, Mullein Wave, Black Arches and Portland Ribbon Wave. A probable Peacock escaped before I could photograph it, which was extremely annoying!

Portland Ribbon Wave.

Grey Knot-horn Acrobasis advenella.

Dingy Dowd Blastobasis adustella.

Mullein Wave.

Maple Pug. I used to trap this species at my in laws', near Topsham, but this is the first one I've had in the garden, here in Exmouth.

Pebble Hook-tip.

Two Small Red-eyed Damselflies were 'site firsts' on a small pool, above Blackhill Quarry. In fact, I'm pretty sure they're the first I've seen on the pebbled heaths. Entirely anticipated though.

Painted Lady. One of two feeding on Buddleia.

This migrant Bordered Straw was flushed from rough ground whilst looking for dragonflies.

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