Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Migrants, moths and hawkers

Disappointing few migrants today despite the low cloud and southerly winds.  First-winter Wheatear, also Whinchat, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 7 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 60+ Teal, 15 Shoveler and 8 Gadwall. 
 Juvenile Peregrine. Also Buzzard today. Recently been 3-4 Kestrel about too. 
Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull? 
 Dewick's Plusia, another one in the trap last night . Been pretty good recently for moths- dominated by Pale Mottled Willow, Setaceous Hebrew Character and Sqaure-spot Rustic.
 Crocidomesa plebjana- new for the farmlands 
 Red Underwing 
 Red-barred Tortrix
 Dark Spinach 
 Treble Bar
 Migrant Hawker- about 15 of these around at the moment. Also good numbers of Common Darter. 
 Male Brown Hawker (sexed by the blue marks on the top of abdomen). Been around for the last week or so- this is the best pic I've been able to manage
New phone scope set up 

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