Tuesday 4 October 2022


This Barnacle Goose was in with the Brent flock this afternoon. Lots of birds but I didn't feel much like counting, so estimates included c1000 Wigeon and c400+ Dark-bellied Brent Geese. Also present - 12 Knot, 24+ Black-tailed Godwits, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 10 Bar-tailed Godwits, the Snow Goose and 3 Black Swans amongst high numbers of Canada Geese.

Barred Sallow. I ran the trap for the first time in a while, last night. Immigrant species included 10 Rusty Dot Pearl, 1 Dark Sword-grass and 1 Rush Veneer.


Cypress Carpet.

Lunar Underwings.

Large Ranunculus and Feathered Ranunculus.

Box-tree Moth.


  1. Always nice to see Barnacle Geese! I hope they've had a good breeding season as I know the Svalbard population suffered badly earlier this year from the dread bird flu when wintering in Scotland.

    Some smart moths too-so many of the autumnal moths are so colourful. Haven't seen Cypress Carpet yet but seems to be on the increase.

  2. Hi Neil - the bird flu has had a terrible impact. Not sure how good this bird's credentials are. Was with Canadas yesterday. Cypress Carpet has been a regular here for years. I didn't realise it isn't more widespread. Hope you're having a good autumn. Have you got a Scilly trip planned?
    All the best. Matt.

  3. Sadly not going to Scilly this year. I was put off booking by the various rail strikes. Hopefully next year. Swainson's Thrush would have been a UK tick for me, though seen plenty across the pond.