Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Jersey Tiger

Lade - 0600hrs - warm, dry, sunny, ne 4 - With a brisk overnight wind coming off the sea I wasn't expecting much in the garden mv this morning. However, the summer house doors were plastered in moths, mostly micros, but also a cracking Jersey Tiger to complement five Garden Tigers in the trap. Not sure why there were loads of Buff Ermines, but there were, plus Toadflax Brocade and the first Flounced Rustic of the season - bah! Also, a very smart reed-bed pyralid, Chilo phragmitella.

                                       Chilo phragmitella, Lade

                                Garden Tiger, Lade

                                Jersey Tiger, Lade

Always a great sight to watch the Curlews (158) flighting off the beach and tumbling down onto their high tide roost site on the shingle. Also in the company were five Barwits and a Grey Plover, while two Common Sandpipers flitted across south lake. All three hirundines hawked insects over the willow swamp and a Marsh Harrier drifted behind the `mirrors`.

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