Thursday 29 May 2014

Rufous Cuckoo & Dew Moth

Lade - 0700hrs - mild, cloudy, sunny later, e 2 - A muggy, overcast night made for a good catch in the garden moth trap with several new species for the year, including Gold Spot, one of my favourites.
I consider myself fortunate in that the Cuckoo, a species that is in terminal decline across much of its UK range, remains a familiar part of the birding scene on my local patch; indeed this morning we noted four different individuals going about their business, who are never ignored as they`re with us for such a short period of time. However, one that flew across the willow swamp got me most excited as it was an adult female of the rufous form, a rare variant that I`ve not seen here before.

                                Eyed Hawk-moth, Lade

                                Gold Spot, Lade

                                Leopard Slug, Lade

Kerton Road Café - Called in at the café for a second opinion on a moth and whilst
there BD turned up with a Dew Moth, a species that we think has not been recorded down here this century, and very smart it was too.

                                  Dew Moth, KRC

Grass Emerald, KRC                                                               

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