Red Nab area early - mid morning (PM)
Mediterranean gull - at least 27
Sandwich Terns 37 - one flock
Grey Plover 320
Yellow Wagtail 1 juvenile on OE grass then flew on to saltmarsh
South shore (MD. KE)
Four checks to see in there were any insects coming in against the NE breeze - just a few Small White and Small Tortoiseshell. Plus this Migrant Hawker seen resting on the sea wall by Kevin.
|Migrant Hawker resting on sea wall|
after coming in against the quite brisk NE breeze.
Rock Pipit 3
There were at least 8 juvenile Oystercatchers with adults, waiting for the tide to expose the mud.
|Three juvenile Oystercatcher in foreground|
Grey Wagtail recovery - see scheme details on right side bar.
Ringed: Heysham Nr 8/9/19 as 1st calendar year
Seen Fife (female) 12/8/20. 250km NNE
|Photo: Ceres Burn, Thanks to Jonathan Dean and Chris Batty|
Today's title refers to a remarkable capture in Kevin's moth trap this morning SD46A
When I got to the trap this morning, I could see a large Hawk moth flying around inside. I got it into the greenhouse just in time, as it escaped from the trap. I managed to pot it and realised to my joy that it was a Bedstraw Hawk-moth. My joy turned to astonishment when I discovered another one lurking inside the trap.
|The moth is a fairly regular migrant to the east coast |
but is scarce in Lancashire.
|so to have two is quite exceptional.|
Correction- on Tuesday I identified some purple flower spikes showing above the flood water, as "Spotted Orchid". A quick look today, now that the water has retreated revealed the leaves, clearly not spotted orchid (I did think they were late for here). Probably Purple Loosestrife - I've added today's picture to Tuesday's post - I should know better........always check! (MD)