Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Beddington rarity- Neil Stocks

Met up with returning bird group member Neil Stocks today to have a look at Beddington (or rather the mess). We could only check out the lakes and the mound because access has been prohibited along the path and across the proposed wet grassland site. Highlights included a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall and Tufted Duck with two chicks on the Southern Lake. Also a few insects about but I was surprised not to see so many butterflies and day flying moths on the mounds and grasslands- perhaps its too hot and dry even for them?

The moth trap has been busy in the continuing heat wave- 45 species last night and the Horse Chestnut Leaf Miners are swarming now- a couple of hundred at the trap yesterday evening. 

Yesterday evening I led a walk round the Sutton Ecology Centre for the Sutton and Croydon Green Party- like everywhere was very dry.  Very quiet too but a nice evening in nice company.  

Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull 
Juvenile Little Egrets 
Dewick's Plusia- first for the year 
Six-spot Burnet Moths in cop
Small Copper
Common Blue 
Wormwood Pug
Grey Pug? Not easy some of these. 
Toadflax Brocade 
Caloptilia falconipennella (thanks Martin Honey for confirming id) 
Cydia splendana
Catoptria pinella 
Crambus perlella 
Ephestia unicolorella

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