Sunday, 11 July 2021

Sussex Emerald

Lade - warm, dry and sunny, light airs - The past couple of nights have been calm, cloudy and humid, ideal weather conditions then for moths coming to light at this time of year; except not here where the sum totals were 14 and eight species of macro moths respectively. I`ve been moth trapping for the past 15 years but cannot remember it being so poor, although I did note the first Sussex Emerald of the season on Friday night.

                                  Sussex Emerald

                                 Micro moth, Epiblema foenella (I reckon!)

On the bay there is already a hint of post-breeding dispersal with hundreds of Black-headed Gulls feeding at slack water on tiny marine crustaceans The only waders were 200 plus Curlews and 100 plus Oystercatchers, while at least 11 Grey Seals periscoped up and down whilst hunting flat fish at high tide. More Bhgs were on the lakes along with several Common Terns and a Common Sandpiper yesterday. A wander around the Trapping Area and Long Pits at Dungeness this morning produced very little of note apart from a few common warblers, Stonechats and a Peregrine on the power station.

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