Wednesday 26 July 2023
Monday 24 July 2023
Willow Ermine Yponomeuta rorrella.
Wednesday 19 July 2023
An Arctic Skua scythes into the gull flock, off the seafront, early this morning. Another day of activities but hotter weather and fewer birds to look at. A late pm look off Mudbank revealed 44 Mallard, 2 Whimbrel and 7 Sandwich Terns.
Finally, good views of a beautiful juvenile Yellow-legged Gull on Exmouth beach this morning. One of just two seen today, as the gull flock was positioned much closer to the Warren.
Tuesday 18 July 2023
It's activities week at school so I've been down at Exmouth beach all day, whilst a number of our key stage 3 students have been paddle-boarding and kayaking. Note the gull flock behind the kids in the above photo. As luck would have it, the flock contained at least 4 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls and several Mediterranean Gulls, so I was able to combine a bit of birding with work. A Common Sandpiper was on rocks below the point and 2 Greenshanks were off Mudbank early morning.
Greenshanks - Mudbank.
Monday 17 July 2023
Monkey Flower - Riverside Country Park.
Saturday 15 July 2023
Wednesday 12 July 2023
This Lime Hawkmoth caterpillar was found as I walked out from work yesterday afternoon. Crawling on concrete and imminent danger of being squashed, as it presumably searched for a suitable place to pupate.
After being 'awol' for a while, the semi-resident Yellow-legged Gull was back off Mudbank this afternoon. Hopefully it'll settle back into a routine and frequent the recycling centre again.
Monday 10 July 2023
Saturday 8 July 2023
Dusky Pearl Udea prunalis.
Pearl Grass-veneer Catoptria pinella.
Knapweed Conch Agapeta zoegana.