Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Returning Whimbrel

Lade - 0600hrs - cool start, warm and sunny later, nw 2 - A decent enough catch in the garden trap last night with 22 species, although nothing new for the year; White Spot, White-point, Satin Waves and 6 Small Elephants were the highlights.
Sparman, our local shop keeper, has taken an interest in the moths attracted to the security lights on his shop frontage. Yesterday the Moth Lord confirmed a localised micro, Ethmia quadrillella, which was new for the area, and today he handed me a wave which I identified as Small Dusty Wave. No doubt beginners luck will bring him a Death`s-head before long...
Over the pits was surprised to see and hear a lone Whimbrel on the desert, presumably a failed breeder. A few Swifts buzzing over south lake, Cuckoo still singing and that was about it birdwise.
As can be seen below the Foxgloves are in full bloom at the moment and combined with the sulphur coloured Prostrate Boom make for quite a spectacle across the storm beaches. Nottingham Catchfly is also in full flower, a plant that is so important for a variety of moth larvae.


                                Nottingham Catchfly

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