Thursday 25 June 2015

Privet Hawk-moth

Lade - warm, dry and sunny, w 2 - There were plenty of moths in the garden trap this morning of 25 species with five NFY, including a superb Privet Hawk-moth, one of our most spectacular insects.
Whilst emptying the trap news via Twitter told of a fly-over Bee-eater at the Obs and a flock of 10 (yes, ten!) at the RSPB reserve, also on the move westwards, but sadly none hung around.

                                Privet Hawk-moth

                               Sticky Groundsel

It was mid-morning by the time we ventured over the back, and what with all the kerfuffle over the rainbow birds I decided to walk south along the edge of the gravel pits and desert checking overhead wires just in case... However, all was quiet on the bird front, so I quickly got absorbed in flowering plants and the large numbers (at long last) of butterflies on the wing: both skippers, Meadow Browns, loads of Small Heaths, still only a few Common Blues, three Painted Ladies, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell and a Peacock, while in the afternoon we added our first Marbled White of the season at Kerton Road.
Several Emperor dragonflies were patrolling the main track and damselflies were literally everywhere.
An evening walk over the beach delivered a goodly number of Curlews and Oystercatchers returning to the mudflats, plus several Ringed Plovers and Sandwich Terns. A stunning end to the day

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