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June 2008

 

Monday 30th June

A Small Fan-foot was a new moth for me last night then tonight a good selection arrived, though nothing new. Lots of cutesie baby things at Holkham Park at lunch.

Barnacle Goose, Holkham Park, 30-Jun-08 Barnacle Goose, Holkham Park, 30-Jun-08
Barnacle Goose, Holkham Park, 30-Jun-08 Barnacle Goose, Holkham Park, 30-Jun-08

Barnacle Geese, Holkham Park, 30th June 2008

 

Tufted Duck, Holkham Park, 30-Jun-08 Tufted Duck, Holkham Park, 30-Jun-08

female and duckling Tufted Ducks, Holkham Park, 30th June 2008

 

Common Emerald, Bawdeswell, 30-Jun-08 Small Fan-foot, Bawdeswell, 30-Jun-08

Common Emerald (left) and Small Fan-foot (right), Bawdeswell, 30th June 2008

 

Bee Moth, Bawdeswell, 30-Jun-08  

Bee Moth, Bawdeswell, 30th June 2008. Thanks to Colin for the ID.

 

Saturday 28th June

No birding again this week-end as I'm supposed to be doing an assignment for my course. A good evening for moths with at least 15 species, including Burnished Bronze, Flame Shoulder and several commoner species that were new for the year including Common Emeralds (2), Riband Wave, Yellow Shells (2) and Swallow-tailed Moth. Who needs a moth trap?

Burnished Bronze, Bawdeswell, 28-Jun-08 Burnished Bronze, Bawdeswell, 28-Jun-08

Burnished Brass (left) and Small Blood-vein (right), Bawdeswell, 28th June 2008

 

moth, Bawdeswell, 28-Jun-08 Small Dusty Wave, Bawdeswell, 28-Jun-08

unidentified micro (left) and Small Dusty Wave (right), Bawdeswell, 28th June 2008

 

Swallow-tailed Moth, Bawdeswell, 28-Jun-08 Yellow Shell, Bawdeswell, 28-Jun-08

Swallow-tailed Moth (left) and Yellow Shell (right), Bawdeswell, 28th June 2008

 

Spectacle, Bawdeswell, 28-Jun-08 Hawthorn Shield Bug, Bawdeswell, 28-Jun-08

Spectacle (left) and Hawthorn Shield Bug (I think; right), Bawdeswell, 28th June 2008

 

 

Friday 27th June

Just a few moths tonight, including another Common White Wave.

 

Thursday 26th June

Another smart new species that must have come in last night: Foxglove Pug.

Foxglove Pug, Bawdeswell, 26-Jun-08  

Foxglove Pug, Bawdeswell, 26th June 2008

 

Wednesday 25th June

Garden Carpet was one of the first moths I learned to recognise as it was a frequent visitor to the house when we lived in Norwich. Surprising therefore that the one that came in tonight was my first in Bawdeswell. As well as this, a good selection of moths tonight included Sandy Carpet and the re-appearance of what was presumably yesterday's Cream-bordered Green Pea. Photographing the latter is still proving difficult as the wings seem to reflect the flash rather too well.

Cream-bordered Green Pea, Bawdeswell, 25-Jun-08 Cream-bordered Green Pea, Bawdeswell, 25-Jun-08

Cream-bordered Green Pea, Bawdeswell, 25th June 2008

 

Sandy Carpet, Bawdeswell, 25-Jun-08 Double-striped Pug, Bawdeswell, 25-Jun-08

Sandy Carpet (left) and Double-striped Pug (right), Bawdeswell, 25th June 2008. The right hand one seems to have much more black on on the outer cross-line than Double-striped Pug normally has - but I can't think what else it could be.

 

Brown Rustic, Bawdeswell, 25-Jun-08 Scoparia ambigualis?, Bawdeswell, 25-Jun-08

possible Brown Rustic (left) and possible Scoparia ambigualis (right), Bawdeswell, 25th June 2008. The right hand one looks more like the photo of Scoparia basistrigalis on the Norfolk Moths website, but that species is rare in Norfolk and easily mistaken for Scoparia ambigualis. If you can confirm this one's identity, please let me know - thanks Rob for the suggestion for the left hand one.

 

Tuesday 24th June

A good day for moths, in quaility not quantity. This Treble Brown Spot must have come in last night - another new species for me, and one that's only supposed to be local and thinly distributed in East Anglia. Better still was an attractive little green moth which I didn't recognise at all. Apparently there's a very common tortrix moth that looks quite similar, but if I'm not mistaken this one's actually a Cream-bordered Green Pea - and that's a Nationally Scarce moth! Sounds like Norfolk is one of the better places for them, but it's not every day you get something Nationally Scarce sat on your bedroom wall. Wish I'd realised what it was before it had gone, as I'd have made sure I got some better photos.

Cream-bordered Green Pea, Bawdeswell, 24-Jun-08 Treble Brown Spot, Bawdeswell, 24-Jun-08

Cream-bordered Green Pea (left) and Treble Brown Spot (right), Bawdeswell, 24th June 2008

 

Snout, Bawdeswell, 24-Jun-08  

Snout, Bawdeswell, 24th June 2008

 

Monday 23rd June

A Common White Wave was a new species of moth for me this evening - very well camouflaged against my bedroom wall!

Jay, Sandringham, 23-Jun-08 Jay, Sandringham, 23-Jun-08

Jays, Sandringham, 23rd June 2008

 

Flame Shoulder, Bawdeswell, 22-Jun-08 Flame Shoulder, Bawdeswell, 22-Jun-08

Flame Shoulder, Bawdeswell, 22nd June 2008

 

Common white Wave, Bawdeswell, 23-Jun-08  

Common White Wave, Bawdeswell, 23rd June 2008

 

Sunday 22nd June

A Green Sandpiper was at Sparham Pools, the first returning migrant of the autumn? Otherwise a Kingfisher was the most notable bird.

Next stop was Hickling where a Lesser Grey Shrike turned up yesterday. It was easy to see, though a bit distant to photograph in the strong breeze (not that that stopped me trying of course). Also on show from the same spot was at least 1 Crane and a Barn Owl.

Whilst in the area it seemed silly not to pop in and see the male Red-backed Shrike that's been at Sea Palling for a while now. Another fine bird, but again, too distant for photography as you can tell from my best effort below.

Roe Deer, Sparham Pools, 22-Jun-08 Roe Deer, Sparham Pools, 22-Jun-08

Roe Deer, Sparham Pools, 22nd June 2008

 

Lesser Whitethroat, Sparham Pools, 22-Jun-08 Lesser Whitethroat, Sparham Pools, 22-Jun-08
Lesser Whitethroat, Sparham Pools, 22-Jun-08 Lesser Whitethroat, Sparham Pools, 22-Jun-08

Lesser Whitethroats, Sparham Pools, 22nd June 2008

 

Willow Warbler, Sparham Pools, 22-Jun-08 Willow Warbler, Sparham Pools, 22-Jun-08
Willow Warbler, Sparham Pools, 22-Jun-08 Willow Warbler, Sparham Pools, 22-Jun-08

Willow Warblers (adult above, juvenile below), Sparham Pools, 22nd June 2008

 

Yellowhammer, Sparham Pools, 22-Jun-08 Yellowhammer, Sparham Pools, 22-Jun-08

Yellowhammer, Sparham Pools, 22nd June 2008

 

Green Sandpiper, Sparham Pools, 22-Jun-08 Green Sandpiper, Sparham Pools, 22-Jun-08

Green Sandpiper, Sparham Pools, 22nd June 2008

 

Banded Demoiselle, Sparham Pools, 22-Jun-08 Common Toad, Sparham Pools, 22-Jun-08

male Banded Demoiselle (left) and baby Common Toad (right), Sparham Pools, 22nd June 2008. At least, I think they were toads not frogs judging from the warty-looking skin, but when I was trying to avoid stepping them (there were literally hundreds of the tiny things littering the paths) I thought they were frogs. They seemed to hop quite well for toads, so maybe they're frogs after all. Dunno. Anyone?

 

Lesser Grey Shrike, Hickling, 22-Jun-08 Lesser Grey Shrike, Hickling, 22-Jun-08
Lesser Grey Shrike, Hickling, 22-Jun-08  

female or first-summer male Lesser Grey Shrike, Hickling, 22nd June 2008

 

Red-backed Shrike, Sea Palling, 22-Jun-08 Red-backed Shrike, Sea Palling, 22-Jun-08

male Red-backed Shrike, Sea Palling, 22nd June 2008

 

Saturday 21st June

A bright sunny start to the day, but by the time I was half-way round Swanton Morley I wished I'd packed the waterproof trousers instead of the sun cream. Among the hordes of geese, the escaped Blue-winged Goose was back - the first time I've seen it this year. A good selection of the more interesting regulars (like Kingfisher, Barn Owl, Cetti's Wabrler etc.) but not a lot really. A group of 3 Turtle Doves included 2 copulating, and possibly a fourth was singing elsewhere, so it seems they're hanging on in there still.

In view of the large numbers being seen at the coast (especially the east coast) I thought there might be some Crossbills at Bintree Woods. There weren't. I also thought the Honey-Buzzard might be visible from there, looking towards Sennowe Park. It wasn't. There were 3 more Turtle Doves singing, a Cuckoo, 3 Buzzards and my first Meadow Brown of the year.

Blue-winged Goose, Swanton Morley, 21-Jun-08 Blue-winged Goose, Swanton Morley, 21-Jun-08

escaped Blue-winged Goose, Swanton Morley, 21st June 2008

 

Canada Goose, Swanton Morley, 21-Jun-08 Great Crested Grebe, Swanton Morley, 21-Jun-08

Canada Goose gosling (left) and juvenile Great Crested Grebe (right), Swanton Morley, 21st June 2008

 

Brown Silver-line, Bintree Woods, 21-Jun-08 Bracket Fungus, Swanton Morley, 21-Jun-08

Brown Silver-line (left) and bracket fungus (right), Bintree Woods, 21st June 2008

 

Friday 20th June

Another equally exciting Green Pug tonight. Love 'em!

Green Pug, Bawdeswell, 20-Jun-08 Epiblema trimaculana, Bawdeswell, 20-Jun-08

Green Pug (left) and Epiblema trimaculana (right), Bawdeswell, 20th June 2008. Thanks Rob for pointing me to the Epiblema ID.

This was the Snout that arrived last night:

Snout, Bawdeswell, 20-Jun-08  

Snout, Bawdeswell, 20th June 2008

 

Thursday 19th June

New moths for the year included Snout, Small Blood-vein and my first ever Green Pug (which I found unnaturally exciting!). The Minor is from last night - a Tawny Marbled Minor I suspect, but it seems I would need to find and examine its genitalia to make sure.

Green Pug, Bawdeswell, 19-Jun-08 Green Pug, Bawdeswell, 19-Jun-08

Green Pug, Bawdeswell, 19th June 2008

 

Small Blood-vein, Bawdeswell, 19-Jun-08 Tawny Marbled Minor?, Bawdeswell, 18-Jun-08

Small Blood-vein, Bawdeswell, 19th June 2008

(Tawny?) Marbled Minor, Bawdeswell, 18th June 2008

 

Wednesday 18th June

Went back for another go at the Little Owl but although it was still there, it wasn't performing in today's wind and rain.

 

Tuesday 17th June

This Little Owl was performing extremely nicely at lunchtime. Sadly I didn't come across it until the end of my break so didn't have time to make the most of the opportunity.

Little Owl, Choseley, 17-Jun-08 Little Owl, Choseley, 17-Jun-08

Little Owl, Choseley, 17th June 2008

 

Sunday 15th June

Spectacle, Bawdeswell, 15-Jun-08  

Spectacle, Bawdeswell, 15th June 2008

 

Saturday 14th June

Apologies to those of you who come here looking for birds and are fed up with all these moths I keep posting. No birding this week-end either, but a nice new fence instead. Hopefully I'll be able to bring you some more birds before too long, but for now, just some more moths I'm afraid.

Willow Beauty, Bawdeswell, 14-Jun-08 Spectacle, Bawdeswell, 14-Jun-08

Willow Beauty (left) and Spectacle (right), Bawdeswell, 14th June 2008

 

Friday 13th June

More new moths for the year included Mottled Beauty and Blood-vein:

Mottled Beauty, Bawdeswell, 13-Jun-08 Blood-vein, Bawdeswell, 13-Jun-08

Mottled Beauty (left) and Blood-vein (right), Bawdeswell, 13th June 2008

 

Thursday 12th June

A Rustic Shoulder-knot was new in today:

Rustic Shoulder-knot, Bawdeswell, 12-Jun-08 Rustic Shoulder-knot, Bawdeswell, 12-Jun-08

Rustic Shoulder-knot, Bawdeswell, 12th June 2008

 

Wednesday 11th June

Another piccy of the same Scorched Carpet from a couple of nights ago - it seems reluctant to leave.

Scorched Carpet, Bawdeswell, 11-Jun-08  

Scorched Carpet, Bawdeswell, 11th June 2008

 

Tuesday 10th June

Another good evening for moths. New ones for the year included Willow Beauty, Bright-line Brown-eye, Silver Y and my first Mottled Rustic. Not the prettiest bunch.

Mottled Rustic, Bawdeswell, 10-Jun-08 Bright-line Brown-eye, Bawdeswell, 10-Jun-08

Mottled Rustic (left) and Bright-line Brown-eye (right), Bawdeswell, 10th June 2008

 

Silver Y, Bawdeswell, 10-Jun-08 Silver Y, Bawdeswell, 10-Jun-08

Silver Y, Bawdeswell, 10th June 2008

 

Monday 9th June

A bit of a moth bonanza this evening. The ones I could identify included another fine White Ermine, White-shouldered House Moth, Straw Dot, Small Magpie, loads of Common Pugs, Silver-ground Carpet, Green Carpet and my first Scorched Carpet.

I'd be interested in your views on what the unidentified ones were. The Pug looks a lot like Freyer's Pug (and I think is the same as the one on 7th June) but I'm not sure. The one to its right reminds me of Bee Moth, but was much larger than the ones I've seen before and a bit different in pattern. The third one looks distinctive enough, but I can't match it to anything in the book.

Updates: Thanks Rob, for the ID of the Middle-barred Minor - another new species for me, and for confirming the Freyer's Pug; thanks Colin for confirming the Bee Moth.

Scorched Carpet, Bawdeswell, 9-Jun-08 White Ermine, Bawdeswell, 9-Jun-08

Scorched Carpet (left) and White Ermine (right), Bawdeswell, 9th June 2008

 

Freyer's Pug, Bawdeswell, 9-Jun-08 Bee Moth, Bawdeswell, 9-Jun-08

Freyer's Pug (left) and Bee Moth (right), Bawdeswell, 9th June 2008

 

Middle-barred Minor, Bawdeswell, 9-Jun-08  

Middle-barred Minor, Bawdesell, 9th June 2008 (thanks for the ID, Rob)

 

Sunday 8th June

I figured that yesterday's Bee-eater at Northrepps, which had stayed til dusk, would probably depart very early this morning - that's what they usually do on the rare occasions that they hang in long enough for anyone to see where they go to roost. But when I woke up at 3.30 am it was thick fog and I decided to get an hour or two more kip first. Unfortunately though, it wasn't quite so foggy at Northrepps and by the time I arrived a couple of hours or so later, the Bee-eater was long-gone, having flown off south soon after dawn as I'd initially expected.

Just to rub salt into the wound, it was later seen again a couple of times, flying over the crowd watching the Thrush Nightingale at Minsmere, which, needless to say, was apparently performing much better again this morning. After this and a very small bit of very half-hearted birding locally, I decided to write off the rest of the week-end as a lost cause!

House Martin, Bylaugh, 8-Jun-08  

House Martin, Bylaugh, 8th June 2008

 

Saturday 7th June

Today I was leading a group round Minsmere again and had intended to go early to connect with the Thrush Nightingale before the group arrived, as I didn't imagine they'd want to spend long looking for it. However, in view of the rain I figured that a) the group might cancel at the last minute and b) looking for the Nightingale might be better after the group finished and the weather cleared up. So I didn't go early (when the Thrush Nightingale was, in fact, singing and showing) and joined the group at the normal time. Unfortunately the rain didn't ease off as soon as expected and this meant that few birds were performing well for the group. Two Bitterns flew over high, later joined by a third, enabling most of the group to get a good look but frankly there wasn't much to show them. After they'd gone I went on to look for the Thrush Nightingale but unfortunately this did not perform for me. Although it was claimed while I was there, for me there was no sight nor sound. A couple of ordinary Nightingales were singing on the reserve and some Cetti's Warblers feeding recently fledged young were showing well for Cetti's Warblers. With the benefit of hindsight I wish I'd headed straight back to Norfolk after the group had finished, and seen the Bee-eater that spent the afternoon near Cromer.

Cetti's Warbler, Minsmere, 7-Jun-08 Cetti's Warbler, Minsmere, 7-Jun-08

Cetti's Warbler, Minsmere, 7th June 2008

 

Bitterns, Minsmere, 7-Jun-08 Bitterns, Minsmere, 7-Jun-08

Bitterns, Minsmere, 7th June 2008

 

Marsh Harrier, Minsmere, 7-Jun-08 Marsh Harrier, Minsmere, 7-Jun-08
Marsh Harrier, Minsmere, 7-Jun-08 Marsh Harrier, Minsmere, 7-Jun-08

soggy Marsh Harriers, Minsmere, 7th June 2008

 

Cormorant, Minsmere, 7-Jun-08 Red Slug, Minsmere, 7-Jun-08

Cormorant (left) and yummy slug (right), Minsmere, 7th June 2008. The slug was a particularly fine and handsome beast - anyone good at slug ID? Red Slug perhaps?

 

Gadwall, Minsmere, 7-Jun-08 Little Grebe, Minsmere, 7-Jun-08

pair of Gadwall (left) and Little Grebe (right), Minsmere, 7th June 2008

 

Pug sp., Bawdeswell, 7-Jun-08  

Pug sp., Bawdeswell, 7th June 2008 - distinctive shape recalls Double-striped Pug; perhaps a worn example of that species? Can anyone confirm?

 

Wednesday 4th June

One of my favourite moths last year was my first Buff Ermine. Equally cool was tonight's White Ermine, also my first. However for sheer shining beauty the winner has to be the Burnished Brass, a moth I've been hoping would pay me a visit before long.

Burnished Brass, Bawdeswell, 4-Jun-08 Burnished Brass, Bawdeswell, 4-Jun-08

Burnished Brass, Bawdeswell, 4th June 2008

 

White Ermine, Bawdeswell, 4-Jun-08 White Ermine, Bawdeswell, 4-Jun-08

White Ermine, Bawdeswell, 4th June 2008

 

Common Pug, Bawdeswell, 4-Jun-08 Woodpigeon, Flitcham, 4-Jun-08

Common Pug, Bawdeswell, 4th June 2008

juvenile Woodpigeon, Flitcham, 4th June 2008

 

Sunday 1st June

Swanton Morley was pretty quiet this morning, the highlights being a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers feeding their young at the nest hole and a pair of Cuckoos.

When news of a rare bird breaks and you've got limited time and even less energy, you don't really want the bird to be on Blakeney Point. But it was, so a little later I was beginning the hard slog up the point. Half way up came the news that it hadn't been seen since the original sighting and may have flown off. Sorely tempted to cut my losses and head back home I made the right decision to press on. On arrival there was still no sign but it wasn't long before it returned, flying in and sitting out for all to enjoy - Norfolk's first Trumpeter Finch, a fantastic little vagrant from Africa or the Middle East!

Trumpeter Finch, Blakeney Point, 1-Jun-08 Trumpeter Finch, Blakeney Point, 1-Jun-08
Trumpeter Finch, Blakeney Point, 1-Jun-08 Trumpeter Finch, Blakeney Point, 1-Jun-08

Trumpeter Finch, Blakeney Point, 1st June 2008

 

Avocet, Blakeney Point, 1-Jun-08 Avocet, Blakeney Point, 1-Jun-08

Avocet, Blakeney Point, 1st June 2008

 

Pied Wagtail, Swanton Morley, 1-Jun-08 Blue Tit, Swanton Morley, 1-Jun-08

juvenile Pied Wagtail (left) and Blue Tit (right), Swanton Morley, 1st June 2008

 

Common Wainscoat, Bawdeswell, 31-May-08 Scoparia ambigualis, Bawdeswell, 31-May-08

Common Wainscoat (left) and probable Scoparia ambigualis (right), Bawdeswell, 31st May 2008. Thanks to Nuytsia for the ID of the Scoparia.

 

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