Sunday, 7 July 2013

56 species of Moths

Lade -warm, dry and sunny, e 1-3 - 0500hrs - Cracking summers day, particularly early on when almost windless. Over the back Mipit and Skylark feeding young, plus Whitethroats, Reed Warblers and the first brood of Tufted Ducks, with 8 ducklings, on south lake. High over the storm beaches scores of Swifts and Black-headed Gulls hawking craneflies.
Back at Plovers worked my way through the two traps where 41 species recorded including six year ticks. Pick of the crop were July Highflyer, Snout and Wormwood Pug (thanks to DB for confirmation). Also at the KRC a stunning Peach Blossom and Rest Harrow.

                            July Highflyer
                                        White Ermine

ARC - 1200hrs - Pretty quiet from Hanson hide with 100 Lapwings, 2 Oystercatchers and a Ringed Plover on the islands, plus all the usual eclipse wildfowl.
St Mary`s-in-the-Marsh - Helped Marshman empty his trap this afternoon, where his 38 species brought the moth tally up to 56 species for the two sites. Highlights here were Old Lady, Clouded Border, Elephant Hawkmoth and an odd wainscot which will have to go to the KRC tomorrow for a second opinion. Thanks to Mrs Marshman for the tea and cake.

                                Elephant Hawkmoth

                                Old Lady

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