Monday, 23 September 2013

Early moth records and dreary pond

Had a triple surprise in the moth trap this morning with my earliest record of Red-lined Quaker, 2nd earliest record of Pink-barred Sallow and 3rd earliest record of Blair’s Shoulder-knot due to last nights very mild temperatures before the low cloud and mist arrived.
Pink-barred Sallow
The same low cloud was responsible for very poor light conditions at the pond when Bob and I walked to toft bay which hardly improved through out our visit and made viewing very difficult.

Ended up with 2 Ringed Plover and a Dunlin on the south shore, 4 Ravens over our heads heading for toft, 2 Gadwall, 32 Mute Swan, 2 Swallow, Sparrowhawk and a Kingfisher flying across toft bank and along the brook bordering the sewage farm. There were plenty of Black-heading Gulls loafing around but nothing special among them.

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