Thursday 1 June 2023

Aethes deaurana

Aethes deaurana - first recorded in the UK as recently as 2017, this southern European species has now become established at a few sites in Devon and Dorset. They've been recording them at Dawlish Warren for a while now but I hadn't managed to get my act together, to search for them, until yesterday evening. A short, dusk search of the Maer, where Alexanders abound, was all that was required!

Birds today - Mudbank - 47 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Ringed Plovers, 1 Dunlin, 12 Curlew, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 80 Canada Geese. The Yellow-legged Gull was in the recycling centre and the Sedge Warbler was still in song on Orcombe Point.

Ringed Plovers - Mudbank.

Predictably, the second-summer Yellow-legged Gull was back in the recycling centre early this morning.

A male Stonechat singing from the top of the Geoneedle this morning - Orcombe Point.

House Martins - Mudbank 31/5/23.

Both Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler in song on Orcombe yesterday morning. The Sedgie is presumably the bird that's been on territory up there all spring.
Off Mudbank - 5 Ringed Plovers, 1 Redshank, 11 Curlew, 9 Sanderlings, 3 Sandwich Terns, 1 Black-headed Gull and 16 House Martins.

Heather Knot-horn Pempelia palumbella.

Early Marsh Orchid.

Heath Spotted Orchid.

Common Cudweed.

Whitethroat - Orcombe Point.


  1. Good to see some moth action amongst the birds here Matt. My trap is turning up next to nothing!

  2. Hi Nick - I hear that numbers are low everywhere. The cool, clear nights can't be helping. Hopefully it will pick up with some more overcast conditions. Trust you're keeping well. Matt.