Saturday, 20 September 2014

Moths plenty Birds few

As we cleared down the moth trap early this morning as part of the STW Draycote Bio blitz we had a Greenshank going over calling and saw the Great Skua in the gloom briefly from the hill top of the country park. Unfortunately by the time we had finished recording the nights catch and put our gear away and started birding two hours later it could not be found – apparently flew off south west at 9:30am according to the observers we met. I stayed till 12:30am with John but there was very little about with Yellow-legged Gull, Little Egret, 30 Meadow Pipit, Kingfisher, Wheatear briefly on farborough bank and 2 Common Tern as the continuing mist drifted in and out. Greenshank relocated on the windsurfing shore-line as we walked back from spit.
The four moth traps produced 37 species from 462 moths with pride of place going to a Barred Hook-tip while Lunar Underwing was the most dominate species with 200 recorded.

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