Saturday 15 October 2022

Green-brindled Crescent

Green-brindled Crescent. Not much trapped last night, but the tally included 13 Rusty Dot Pearl and a single Silver Y, as well as this beauty.

Orcombe Point today - 5+ Song Thrush, 4 Bullfinches (high north-east), 20+ Chaffinch, c60 Skylarks, c40 Pied Wagtails, similar numbers of Meadow Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting, 7 Swallows, 4 Goldcrests, c40 Goldfinches, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, 1 Grey Wagtail and 25 Starlings.
Mudbank - 765+ Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1 juvenile Common Tern, 1 Sandwich Tern, 9 Turnstones, c50 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Greenshank, 18 Redshank, 1+ Dunlin, 1 Knot, 7 Great Crested Grebes and a Kingfisher.
Yesterday - late after work on Orcombe - 1 Cirl Bunting, 1 Dartford Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs and 1 Blackcap.
On 12/10 - Mudbank - c660 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese.
On 11/10 - Orcombe Point late on - 1 Dartford Warbler with 5 Stonechats in the turnip field, 1 Blackcap and 4 Chiffchaffs.

Masses of Harlequins at West Lodge today.

The foggy dawn on the river Torridge, Lundy-bound. I was lucky enough to get a job on Lundy on Thursday. Had a fabulous day with my brother. Great to bump into Tim and Nick too.

Old Lighthouse.


  1. Nice Green-brindled Crescent. We had 2 melanic individuals in the traps yesterday morning. Just 15 moths of 8 species.

    Harlequins seem to have much declined here. Some years back they were ubiquitous, but now just encounter a few of them.

  2. Hi Neil - have never seen (or heard of) melanic Green-brindled Crescent - is that the 'capucina' form? Just did a quick internet search. I've not seen many Harlequins lately either but there were plenty along a line of willows, locally - the most I've ever seen in fact. Perhaps just a good spell of warm weather has done the trick? All the best. Matt.

  3. Great to see you on Lundy Matt, bet you were as surprised to see me there as I was to see you!

  4. Hi Tim - yep, had to do a double-take! So used to seeing you locally. Hope you had a great stay on Lundy. Will hopefully manage some proper birding on there one day. Great place. All the best. Matt.