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July 2009

 

Friday 31st July

Headed straight over to Breydon Water again after work, arriving at about 5.30. The tide was high and the Pacific Golden Plover had already been located so at last there was a good chance of connecting with it. It had gone missing when I arrived but after a while I picked it up, but at enormous distance and I wasn't 100% sure. It then went missing again but eventually returned to its favoured area near the tern rafts and a few of us were able to enjoy really good views of it. Later it moved further out where a flock of 300 Golden Plovers dropped in and joined it.

Pacific Golden Plover, Breydon Water, 31-Jul-09 Pacific Golden Plover, Breydon Water, 31-Jul-09
Pacific Golden Plover, Breydon Water, 31-Jul-09 Pacific Golden Plover, Breydon Water, 31-Jul-09
Pacific Golden Plover, Breydon Water, 31-Jul-09 Pacific Golden Plover, Breydon Water, 31-Jul-09
Pacific Golden Plover, Breydon Water, 31-Jul-09 Pacific Golden Plover, Breydon Water, 31-Jul-09

Pacific Golden Plover, Breydon Water, 31st July

 

Wednesday 29th July

Common Rustic sp., Bawdeswell, 29-Jul-09 Lesser Common Rustic, Bawdeswell, 29-Jul-09

Common or Lesser Common Rustics, Bawdeswell, 29th July. According to the book black examples with chalky-white kidney spots are almost invariably Lesser Common - I guess that includes the right hand one here

 

Common Rustic sp., Bawdeswell, 29-Jul-09  

Pearl Veneer, Bawdeswell, 29th July

 

Tuesday 28th July

A few interesting moths tonight including my second ever Scorched Carpet, along with Common Carpet and Yellow-barred Brindle. Both Dingy Footman and Common Rustic (or Lesser Common Rustic) seem to be having a good year - nice to see the less common forms of both of these tonight.

Scorched Carpet, Bawdeswell, 28-Jul-09 Yellow-barred Brindle, Bawdeswell, 28-Jul-09

Scorched Carpet (left) and Yellow-barred Brindle (right), Bawdeswell, 28th July

 

Common Carpet, Bawdeswell, 28-Jul-09 Riband Wave, Bawdeswell, 28-Jul-09

Common Carpet (left) and Riband Wave (right), Bawdeswell, 28th July

 

Straw Dot, Bawdeswell, 28-Jul-09 Endotricha flammealis, Bawdeswell, 28-Jul-09

Straw Dot (left) and Endotricha flammealis (right), Bawdeswell, 28th July

 

Dingy Footman, Bawdeswell, 28-Jul-09 Dingy Footman, Bawdeswell, 28-Jul-09

Dingy Footmen, Bawdeswell, 28th July

 

Common Rustic sp., Bawdeswell, 28-Jul-09 Common Rustic sp., Bawdeswell, 28-Jul-09

Common or Lesser Common Rustics, Bawdeswell, 28th July

 

Monday 27th July

I could have easily gone to Breydon over the weekend to see the American Golden Plover but like most people (including its finders I think) I'd assumed it was the bird from Cley/Blakeney that I'd already seen. Yesterday morning however it was re-identified as a Pacific Golden Plover, a bird I have still never seen in Norfolk, but too late for me to get over there before it disappeared again. It's been masquerading as an American for 5 days and usually only seen in the mornings so I didn't try for it yesterday. Having made that decision it promptly decided to break its habit and re-appear in the evening so tonight I headed over after work in the hope that it would do so again. Needless to say it didn't, and with the high tides coinciding with night or middle of the day and my work being 1.5 hours away from Breydon it will need to stick around a good few days for me to connect with it.

Loads of terns coming in to roost but no sign of the Roseates that have been appearing very irregularly over the last few weeks - looks like I might go without seeing that once-reliable species in Norfolk this year. At least 50 Mediterranean Gulls there though; otherwise a few Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, Knot and 100 Golden Plover on the estuary.

Back home I imagined that a plain-looking Wainscot would prove to be my first Common Wainscot of the year but on checking the photos it appears to be my first ever Fen Wainscot - much better! An Orange Swift was first for the year and there were several intersting looking micros, some of which remain to be identified.

Fen Wainscot, Bawdeswell, 27-Jul-09 Orange Swift, Bawdeswell, 27-Jul-09

Fen Wainscot (left) and Orange Swift (right), Bawdeswell, 27th July

 

Willow Beauty, Bawdeswell, 27-Jul-09 Silver Y, Bawdeswell, 27-Jul-09

Willow Beauty (left) and Silver Y (right), Bawdeswell, 27th July

 

Bryotropha domestica, Bawdeswell, 27-Jul-09 Brachmia blandella, Bawdeswell, 27-Jul-09

unidentified moths, Bawdeswell, 27th July - please let me know if you recognise these!

Updated 2012 - these are Bryotropha domestica (left) and Brachmia blandella (right)

 

Tinea semifulvella, Bawdeswell, 27-Jul-09  

Tinea semifulvella, Bawdeswell, 27th July

 

Sunday 26th July

Highlights this evening included a Dun-bar - apparently a common species but my first - and Udea lutealis, my first at home though I've seen day-flying individuals locally before.

Dun-bar, Bawdeswell, 26-Jul-09 Mother of Pearl, Bawdeswell, 26-Jul-09

Dun-bar (left) and Mother of Pearl (right), Bawdeswell, 26th July

 

Udea lutealis, Bawdeswell, 26-Jul-09 Udea prunalis, Bawdeswell, 26-Jul-09

Udea lutealis (left) and Udea prunalis (right), Bawdeswell, 26th July

 

Yellow-tail, Bawdeswell, 26-Jul-09 Yellow-tail, Bawdeswell, 26-Jul-09

Yellow-tail, Bawdeswell, 26th July - it was still just about alive in the left hand shot but when I tried to encourage it onto a nicer background it keeled over! At least that meant I could see its diagnostic yellow tail more easily. Probably the same Yellow-tail that arrived on 24th and never found its way out.

 

Saturday 25th July

A tip-off that this is perhaps the best time of year to see the Lakenheath Golden Orioles crossing the river into Norfolk resulted in me spending 5-6 hours on the Norfolk side of the river this morning. No sign of any Orioles unfortunately but an enjoyable morning with things like Crane, Hobbies, Cuckoo and lots of warblers. On the insect front ladybirds were in abundance, though only a small proportion were 7-spotted this time. It now seems inevitable that I (and other Norfolk year-listers I've spoken to) will go without seeing Golden Oriole in Norfolk in 2009.

Crane, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09 Crane, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09
Crane, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09 Crane, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09

Crane, Hockwold, 25th July

 

Willow Warbler, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09 Willow Warbler, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09

Willow Warbler, Hockwold, 25th July

 

Lesser Whitethroat, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09 Lesser Whitethroat, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09

Lesser Whitethroat, Hockwold, 25th July

 

Goldfinch, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09 Goldfinch, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09

Goldfinches, Hockwold, 25th July

 

Reed Bunting, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09 Reed Bunting, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09

Reed Buntings, Hockwold, 25th July

 

Kestrel, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09 Green Woodpecker, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09

Kestrel (left) and Green Woodpecker (right), Hockwold, 25th July

 

Carrion Crow, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09 Tufted Duck, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09

Carrion Crow (left) and Tufted Duck (right), Hockwold , 25th July

 

Dusky Sallow, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09 Ladybird, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09
Ladybird, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09 Ladybird, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09
Ladybird, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09 Ladybird, Hockwold, 25-Jul-09

Dusky Sallow (top left) and various ladybirds, Hockwold, 25th July

 

Early Thorn, Bawdeswell, 25-Jul-09  

Thorn sp., Bawdeswell, 25th July - I thought this would turn out to be a faded Early Thorn but it disappeared as soon as I'd taken a single photo and I never got a good look at it. Looking at the photo not only is it pale (and yet seemingly fresh) but the markings are significantly different from Early Thorn. I'm not sure which species it is though... anyone? Update 1st August: apparently it is an Early Thorn after all - thanks to Martin & John.

 

Friday 24th July

Dulux white moths are hard to see on white ceilings and walls, but when I eventually did find it, this Yellow-tail was a new species for me.

Yellow-tail, Bawdeswell, 24-Jul-09 Yellow-tail, Bawdeswell, 24-Jul-09

Yellow-tail, Bawdeswell, 24th July

 

Thursday 23rd July

Top marks awarded to John Furse this evening for finding a fantastic adult Great Spotted Cuckoo at Salthouse. Although elusive at times, and very mobile, it did show well for a while.

Also at Salthouse a Hobby dashed through and nearly every plant was covered in 7-spot Ladybirds. Among this evening's moths at home were a Catoptria pinella and at least 7 Early Thorns.

Great Spotted Cuckoo, Salthouse, 23-Jul-09  

Great Spotted Cuckoo, Salthouse, 23rd July

 

Early Thorn, Bawdeswell, 23-Jul-09 Catoptria pinella, Bawdeswell, 23-Jul-09
Early Thorn (left) and Catoptria pinella (right), Bawdeswell, 23rd July

 

Tuesday 21st July

This evening's highlight was a Coxcomb Prominent.

Coxcomb Prominent, Bawdeswell, 21-Jul-09 Diamond-back Moth, Bawdeswell, 21-Jul-09

Coxcomb Prominent (left) and Diamond-back Moth (right), Bawdeswell, 21st July

 

Monday 20th July

My first 2 Blood-veins of the year tonight as well as what looks extremely similar to the moth I tentatively identified as Lesser Cream Wave earlier in the month (4th). But they're meant to have less pointed wings than Cream Wave (which in all the illustrations and photos I've found has subtly different colour wing markings), yet this one has clearly pointed wings. Is it Lesser Cream Wave, or can Cream Waves look like this, or is it something else entirely?

Painted Lady, Coxford, 20-Jul-09 Painted Lady, Coxford, 20-Jul-09
Painted Lady, Coxford, 20-Jul-09 Painted Lady, Coxford, 20-Jul-09

Painted Lady, Coxford, 20th July

 

Large Skipper, Coxford, 20-Jul-09 Large Skipper, Coxford, 20-Jul-09

Large Skippers (& hoverfly), Coxford, 20th July

 

Essex Skipper, Coxford, 20-Jul-09 Essex Skipper, Coxford, 20-Jul-09

Essex Skipper, Coxford, 20th July

 

Blood-vein, Bawdeswell, 20-Jul-09 Lesser Cream Wave, Bawdeswell, 20-Jul-09

Blood-vein (left) and tentatively, Lesser Cream Wave (right), Bawdeswell, 20th July - not confident about the Lesser Cream Wave in view of the pointed wings - please get in touch if you can confirm

 

Brown House-moths, Bawdeswell, 20-Jul-09  

Brown House-moths, Bawdeswell, 20th July - aka Clothes Moths, getting set to lay their eggs in our wardrobe (I expelled this pair!)

 

Sunday 19th July

Anyone know what this littl'un is?

Update 2012 - I do now! It's Borkhausenia fuscescens.

Borkhausenia fuscescens, Bawdeswell, 19-Jul-09 Borkhausenia fuscescens, Bawdeswell, 19-Jul-09

Borkhausenia fuscescens, Bawdeswell, 19th July

 

Saturday 18th July

Spectacle, Bawdeswell, 18-Jul-09 Red Twin-spot Carpet, Bawdeswell, 18-Jul-09

Spectacle (left) and Red Twin-spot Carpet (right), Bawdeswell, 18th July

 

Friday 17th July

Silver Y, Bawdeswell, 17-Jul-09 Silver Y, Bawdeswell, 17-Jul-09

Silver Y (left) and Dingy Footman (right), Bawdeswell, 17th July - notice the Dingy Footman's passenger!

 

Thursday 16th July

A Pacific Golden Plover was reported at Cley this afternoon but had disappeared by the time I got out of work. However it was re-found in Blakeney Harbour so I headed up to see it. By the time I got there the identification was already in doubt but the bird was extremely distant. Certainly it showed several features that are typical of summer plumage American Golden Plovers but apparently not impossible on Pacific Golden too. Then the legs seemed incredibly long and Pacific-like. But the wings were long - not completely convincingly but enough to make most of us uncomfortable with labelling it Pacific. Eventually (by next day) all seemed happy that it was an American Golden Plover. Great bird, but I'd have so much preferred it to have been a Pacific.

Also in the harbour, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull and a Hobby.

Mediterranean Gull, Blakeney Harbour, 16-Jul-09 Brimstone Moth, Bawdeswell, 16-Jul-09

Mediterranean Gull, Blakeney Harbour, 16th July

Brimstone Moth, Bawdeswell, 16th July

 

Wednesday 15th July

More moths tonight, including my first Plain Golden Y and my first Carcina quercana - both quite resplendent. A Phoenix was only my second whilst the biggest surprise perhaps was a Small White butterfly - coming to the bedroom light at around midnight! Do other moth-ers ever get butterflies coming to their light traps?

Plain Golden Y, Bawdeswell, 15-Jul-09 Plain Golden Y, Bawdeswell, 15-Jul-09
Plain Golden Y, Bawdeswell, 15-Jul-09 Plain Golden Y, Bawdeswell, 15-Jul-09

Plain Golden Y, Bawdeswell, 15th July

 

Phoenix, Bawdeswell, 15-Jul-09 Buff Ermine, Bawdeswell, 15-Jul-09

Phoenix (left) and Buff Ermine (right), Bawdeswell, 15th July

 

Carcina quercana, Bawdeswell, 15-Jul-09 Light Arches, Bawdeswell, 15-Jul-09

Carcina quercana (left) and Light Arches (right), Bawdeswell, 15th July

 

Lesser Common Rustic or Common Rustic, Bawdeswell, 15-Jul-09 Pug, Bawdeswell, 15-Jul-09

Common Rustic or Lesser Common Rustic (left) and unidentified Pug (right), Bawdeswell, 15th July - please let me know if you can identify either of these

 

Small White, Bawdeswell, 15-Jul-09 Small White, Bawdeswell, 15-Jul-09

Small White, Bawdeswell, 15th July

 

Tuesday 14th July

Not a great evening for moths but a Herald was the first I've seen in Bawdeswell.

Early Thorn, Bawdeswell, 14-Jul-09 Herald, Bawdeswell, 14-Jul-09

Early Thorn (left) and Herald (right), Bawdeswell, 14th July

 

Hoverfly, Bawdeswell, 14-Jul-09 Skylark, Thornham, 14-Jul-09

Hoverfly, Bawdeswell, 14th July

Skylark, Thornham, 14th July

 

Monday 13th July

A Lesser Crested Tern was reported flying west past Cley yesterday so, hoping that it would roost at Blakeney Point and fly out east with the local Sandwich Terns, as LCs have done in the past, I paid an early visit to Cley before work this morning. When I arrived in the half-light Sandwich Terns were already streaming past and by the time they'd largely dried up I hadn't seen anything more interesting than 4 Dark-bellied Brent Geese west. Bored and tired I eventually gave up and took another look at the Buff-breasted Sandpiper instead. Other waders there included 3 Little Ringed Plovers and 4 Spotted Redshanks but no sign of yesterday's Curlew Sandpiper among the 50 Dunlin. Another quick look for the tern provided 2 Mediterranean Gulls instead, west along the beach. Great to spend 3 hours at one of the best reserves in the country while a rare American vagrant was present and be the only human in sight - who said Norfolk was over-watched?!

This evening's moths included one of my favourites, a Ghost Moth. Also, hot on the heels of my first yesterday, a second Oak Nycteoline turned up tonight.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Cley, 13-Jul-09 Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Cley, 13-Jul-09

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Cley, 13th July

 

Spotted Redshank, Cley, 13-Jul-09 Gannet, Sheringham, 30-Aug-08

Spotted Redshank (left) and Gannet (right, with some discarded fishing-line or something caught around its bill and legs), Cley, 13th July

 

Mother of Pearl, Bawdeswell, 13-Jul-09 Ghost Moth, Bawdeswell, 13-Jul-09

Mother of Pearl (left) and Ghost Moth (right), Bawdeswell, 13th July

 

Oak Nycteoline, Bawdeswell, 13-Jul-09 Ghost Moth, Bawdeswell, 13-Jul-09

Oak Nycteoline (left) and Bramble Shoot Moth (right), Bawdeswell, 13th July

 

Borkhausenia fuscescens, Bawdeswell, 13-Jul-09  

Borkhausenia fuscescens, Bawdeswell, 13th July - a belated ID in 2012

 

Sunday 12th July

Not many moths tonight, but a plain grey micro I can't identify - any ideas?

unidentified moth, Bawdeswell, 12-Jul-09  

unidentified moth, Bawdeswell, 12th July

 

Saturday 11th July

It's being a very good year for Small Fan-footed Waves this year - previously I've not seen many but this year they've outnumbered Riband Waves, Small Dusty Waves and even Small Blood-veins - tonight there were at least 7. The highlight this evening, however, was a peculiar creature that looked like it was made out of metal with its shiny steel-grey, slightly rusty, colour and odd shape - turned out to be my first Oak Nycteoline.

Oak Nycteoline, Bawdeswell, 11-Jul-09 Smoky Wainscot, Bawdeswell, 11-Jul-09

Oak Nycteoline (left) and Smoky Wainscot (right), Bawdeswell, 11th July

 

Blastobasis lignea, Bawdeswell, 11-Jul-09 Blastobasis lignea, Bawdeswell, 11-Jul-09

Blastobasis lignea, Bawdeswell, 11th July - though rather different from one another I think they're both this variable species. As always confirmation or correction welcome.

 

Small Fan-footed Wave, Bawdeswell, 11-Jul-09 Small Fan-footed Wave, Bawdeswell, 11-Jul-09

Small Fan-footed Waves, Bawdeswell, 11th July

 

Friday 10th July

The following 4-5 moths are either Uncertain or Rustic, but I'd welcome views on which from more experienced moth-ers. For what it's worth, I think there's probably both Uncertain and Rustic among them but I'm, um, uncertain about that.

Uncertain or Rustic, Bawdeswell, 10-Jul-09 Uncertain or Rustic, Bawdeswell, 10-Jul-09
Uncertain or Rustic, Bawdeswell, 10-Jul-09 Uncertain or Rustic, Bawdeswell, 10-Jul-09
Uncertain or Rustic, Bawdeswell, 10-Jul-09  

Uncertains and/or Rustics, Bawdeswell, 10th July - comments on these welcome

 

Thursday 9th July

Work took me to Kings Lynn today where a Spotted Flycatcher was in the Walks. Fewer moths again tonight, though a couple of the micros were new for me.

Cork Moth, Bawdeswell, 9-Jul-09 Blastodacna hellerella, Bawdeswell, 9-Jul-09

Cork Moth (left) and Blastodacna hellerella (right), Bawdeswell, 9th July

 

Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix, Bawdeswell, 9-Jul-09 Red Twin-spot Carpet, Bawdeswell, 9-Jul-09

Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix (left) and Red Twin-spot Carpet (right), Bawdeswell, 9th July

 

Wednesday 8th July

For the second time in 3 days I had to rush off to Cley after work, this time to see a White-winged Black Tern. I only had a few minutes spare so watched it distantly from the Beach Road as it flew up and down North Scrape and Simmond's Scrape. Distant, but close enough to see it was a real stonker! Superb!

17 species of moth would have been quite reasonable in a previous year but by recent standards represented a poor showing. They included what I suspect was my first July Highflyer (not an uncommon species but one that's eluded me so far) but I only saw and photographed it briefly with its wings held closed, then it vanished before I saw the upperwing. Confirmation (or correction) would be welcome on this one!

White-winged Black Tern, Cley, 8-Jul-09  

White-winged Black Tern, Cley, 8th July

 

July Highflyer, Bawdeswell, 8-Jul-09 July Highflyer, Bawdeswell, 8-Jul-09

presumed July Highflyer, Bawdeswell, 8th July - confirmation or correction welcome!

 

Tuesday 7th July

2 Common Footmen, a Foxglove Pug and a Chequered Straw were all new for the year and among the micros was my first Oegoconia.

Common Footman, Bawdeswell, 7-Jul-09 Scalloped Oak, Bawdeswell, 7-Jul-09

Common Footman (left) and Scalloped Oak (right), Bawdeswell, 6th July

 

Foxglove Pug, Bawdeswell, 7-Jul-09 Chequered Straw, Bawdeswell, 7-Jul-09

Foxglove Pug (left) and Chequered Straw (right), Bawdeswell, 6th July

 

Blastobasis lacticolella, Bawdeswell, 7-Jul-09 Oegoconia quadripuncta, Bawdeswell, 7-Jul-09

Blastobasis lacticolella (left) and presumed Oegoconia quadripuncta (right), Bawdeswell, 6th July

 

Single-dotted Wave, Bawdeswell, 7-Jul-09  

Single-dotted Wave, Bawdeswell, 6th July

 

Monday 6th July

New birds for both my work list (not that I keep one) and my house list today! Arrived back at the office after lunch to find a Red Kite flying over and then whilst washing up at home in the evening I saw a Marsh Harrier low over the field behind the house. Also a very pleasant hour or so spent at Cley this evening in sunshine despite heavy rain all the way there and most of the way home. All the more pleasant for the Buff-breasted Sandpiper that was showing very well on North Scrape - the first Buff-breast I've seen in the UK since the Sheringham bird in 1995. Also at Cley was a Wood Sandpiper, at least 2 Spotted Redshanks and 6 Spoonbills (the largest group I've ever seen in the UK apparently, though there have been quite a few more than this at Cley recently).

Perhaps a little less moth interest tonight compared to recent evenings but still quite good with Common Wave and Scalloped Oak new for the year.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Cley, 6-Jul-09 Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Cley, 6-Jul-09
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Cley, 6-Jul-09 Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Cley, 6-Jul-09

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Cley, 6th July

 

Spoonbill, Cley, 6-Jul-09 Spoonbill, Cley, 6-Jul-09

Spoonbill, Cley, 6th July

 

Spotted Redshank, Cley, 6-Jul-09 Redshank, Cley, 6-Jul-09

Spotted Redshank (left) and Redshank (right), Cley, 6th July

 

Black-tailed Godwit, Cley, 6-Jul-09 Black-tailed Godwit, Cley, 6-Jul-09

Black-tailed Godwits, Cley, 6th July

 

Ruff, Cley, 6-Jul-09 Ruff, Cley, 6-Jul-09

Ruffs, Cley, 6th July

 

Common Wave, Bawdeswell, 6-Jul-09 Common White Wave, Bawdeswell, 6-Jul-09

Common Wave (left) and Common White Wave (right), Bawdeswell, 6th July

 

Small Dusty Wave, Bawdeswell, 6-Jul-09 Phlyctaenia coronata, Bawdeswell, 6-Jul-09

Small Dusty Wave (left) and Phlyctaenia coronata (right), Bawdeswell, 6th July

 

Mottled Rustic, Bawdeswell, 6-Jul-09 Caddis Fly, Bawdeswell, 6-Jul-09

Mottled Rustic (left) and Caddis Fly Phryganea sp. (right), Bawdeswell, 6th July

 

Sunday 5th July

A Heart and Dart was a new species for me, though supposedly very common. Also two of my favourites: V-Pug and Buff Ermine.

Buff Ermine and Brimstone Moth, Bawdeswell, 5-Jul-09 Buff Ermine, Bawdeswell, 5-Jul-09

Buff Ermine (with Brimstone Moth), Bawdeswell, 5th July

 

V-Pug, Bawdeswell, 5-Jul-09 V-Pug, Bawdeswell, 5-Jul-09

V-Pug, Bawdeswell, 5th July

 

Heart and Dart, Bawdeswell, 5-Jul-09 Cabbage Moth, Bawdeswell, 5-Jul-09

Heart and Dart (left) and Cabbage Moth (right), Bawdeswell, 5th July

 

Burnished Brass, Bawdeswell, 5-Jul-09 Silver Y, Bawdeswell, 5-Jul-09

Burnished Brass (left) and Silver Y (right), Bawdeswell, 5th July

 

Small Fan-foot, Bawdeswell, 5-Jul-09 Small Fan-foot, Bawdeswell, 5-Jul-09

Fan-foot (left) and Small Fan-foot (right), Bawdeswell, 5th July

 

Crambus perlella, Bawdeswell, 5-Jul-09 Limnaecia phragmitella, Bawdeswell, 5-Jul-09

Crambus perlella (left) and Limnaecia phragmitella (right), Bawdeswell, 5th July

 

Saturday 4th July

A Caspian Tern paid a visit to Welney today so, so did I. This was my first of these terns-on-steroids in the UK since the bird at Breydon and Hickling in 1993. Also at Welney there was 1 Bewick's and 8 Whooper Swans and a Little Ringed Plover.

Another good evening for moths with an unexpected new species, Lesser Cream Wave (assuming I've ID'd it correctly). Some others were new for the year, including Flame Shoulder and Straw Dot.

Caspian Tern, Welney, 4-Jul-09 Caspian Tern, Welney, 4-Jul-09

Caspian Tern, Welney, 4th July - note the Shoveler dwarfed behind it!

 

Lesser Cream Wave, Bawdeswell, 4-Jul-09 Dark Arches, Bawdeswell, 4-Jul-09

Lesser Cream Wave (left) and Dark Arches (right), Bawdeswell, 4th July

 

Diamond-back Moth, Bawdeswell, 4-Jul-09 Coleophora mayrella, Bawdeswell, 4-Jul-09

Diamond-back Moth (left) and Coleophora mayrella (right), Bawdeswell, 4th July

 

Triple-spotted Clay, Bawdeswell, 4-Jul-09  

Triple-spotted Clay, Bawdeswell, 4th July

 

Friday 3rd July

Earlier in the year there were so few moths coming to the light I wondered if my new energy-saving light bulbs were somehow less attractive to them but the last week has well and truly smashed that idea! Over 36 species of moth (20 macros) appeared in my bedroom this evening - and that's just the ones I could identify. A Beautiful China-mark was my first ever (so too were some of the smaller micros but that's not surprising as I've not tried hard with them in previous years). Equally enjoyable were my second ever Barred Yellow and Beautiful Hook-tip.

Barred Yellow, Bawdeswell, 3-Jul-09 Beautiful China-mark, Bawdeswell, 3-Jul-09

Barred Yellow (left) and Beautiful China-mark (right), Bawdeswell, 3rd July

 

Beautiful Hook-tip, Bawdeswell, 3-Jul-09 Common White Wave, Bawdeswell, 3-Jul-09

Beautiful Hook-tip (left) and Common White Wave (right), Bawdeswell, 3rd July

 

Barred Straw, Bawdeswell, 3-Jul-09 Barred Straw, Bawdeswell, 3-Jul-09

Barred Straw, Bawdeswell, 3rd July

 

Trachycera advenella, Bawdeswell, 3-Jul-09 Trachycera advenella, Bawdeswell, 3-Jul-09

Trachycera advenella, Bawdeswell, 3rd July - at least I think that's what it is...

 

Epermenia chaerophyllella, Bawdeswell, 3-Jul-09 Paraswammerdamia nebulella, Bawdeswell, 3-Jul-09

Epermenia chaerophyllella (left) and Paraswammerdamia nebulella (right), Bawdeswell, 3rd July

 

Smoky Wainscot, Bawdeswell, 3-Jul-09 Smoky Wainscot, Bawdeswell, 3-Jul-09

Smoky Wainscot, Bawdeswell, 3rd July

 

Dark Arches, Bawdeswell, 3-Jul-09 Scoparia ambigualis, Bawdeswell, 3-Jul-09

Dark Arches (left) and Scoparia ambigualis (right), Bawdeswell, 3rd July

 

Emmelina monodactyla, Bawdeswell, 3-Jul-09  

Emmelina monodactyla, Bawdeswell, 3rd July

 

Thursday 2nd July

Hot on the heels of my first records last week, seconds came in the form of Clouded Silver and Uncertain - and also a Light Arches which I first recorded around this time last year.

Clouded Silver, Bawdeswell, 2-Jul-09 Clouded Silver, Bawdeswell, 2-Jul-09

Clouded Silver, Bawdeswell, 2nd July

 

Uncertain, Bawdeswell, 2-Jul-09 Light Arches, Bawdeswell, 2-Jul-09

Uncertain (left) and Light Arches (right), Bawdeswell, 2nd July

 

Small Blood-vein, Bawdeswell, 2-Jul-09 Small Blood-vein, Bawdeswell, 2-Jul-09

Small Blood-veins, Bawdeswell, 2nd July

 

Swallow-tailed Moth, Bawdeswell, 2-Jul-09 Mottled Beauty, Bawdeswell, 2-Jul-09

Swallow-tailed Moth (left) and Mottled Beauty (right), Bawdeswell, 2nd July

 

Dwarf Cream Wave, Bawdeswell, 2-Jul-09 Bee Moth, Bawdeswell, 2-Jul-09

Dwarf Cream Wave (left) and Bee Moth (right), Bawdeswell, 2nd July

 

Brown House-moth, Bawdeswell, 2-Jul-09 White-shouldered House-moth, Bawdeswell, 2-Jul-09

Brown House-moth (left) and White-shouldered House-moth (right), Bawdeswell, 2nd July

 

Bramble Shoot Moth, Bawdeswell, 2-Jul-09 Scoparia ambigualis, Bawdeswell, 2-Jul-09

Bramble Shoot Moth (left) and Scoparia ambigualis (right), Bawdeswell, 2nd July

 

Blastobasis lacticolella, Bawdeswell, 2-Jul-09 Diamond-back Moth, Bawdeswell, 2-Jul-09

Blastobasis lacticolella (left) and Diamond-back Moth (right), Bawdeswell, 2nd July - thanks to Rob for the Blastobasis ID, apparently a Madeiran species that was accidentally introduced to the UK around the middle of last century

 

Light Grey Tortrix, Bawdeswell, 2-Jul-09  

Light Grey Tortrix, Bawdeswell, 2nd July

 

Wednesday 1st July

I suspect this month's page will again be full of more moths than birds, but I hope there will be a few birds before the end of the month! Not today though.

Another excellent evening for moths. A Clouded Border was the first I've documented (I'm pretty sure I saw them years ago, before I was recording moths) and what a fantastic creature it was! Among the others were Large Twin-spot Carpet, 2 Single-dotted Waves, Triple-spotted Clay, Rustic, Dark Arches, Drinker and Mother of Pearl.

Clouded Border, Bawdeswell, 1-Jul-09 Large Twin-spot Carpet, Bawdeswell, 1-Jul-09

Clouded Border (left) and Large Twin-spot Carpet (right), Bawdeswell, 1st July

 

Common Emerald, Bawdeswell, 1-Jul-09 Swallow-tailed Moth, Bawdeswell, 1-Jul-09

Common Emerald (left) and Swallow-tailed Moth (right), Bawdeswell, 1st July

 

Clay, Bawdeswell, 1-Jul-09 Rustic, Bawdeswell, 1-Jul-09

Clay (left) and Rustic (right), Bawdeswell, 1st July

 

Garden Grass-veneer, Bawdeswell, 1-Jul-09 Eucosma cana, Bawdeswell, 1-Jul-09

Garden Grass-veneer (left) and Eucosma cana (right), Bawdeswell, 1st July - thanks Rob for the Eucosma ID!

 

Smoky Wainscot, Bawdeswell, 1-Jul-09 Triple-spotted Clay, Bawdeswell, 1-Jul-09

Smoky Wainscot (left) and Triple-spotted Clay (right), Bawdeswell, 1st July

 

Small Fan-footed Wave, Bawdeswell, 1-Jul-09 Single-dotted Wave, Bawdeswell, 1-Jul-09

Small Fan-footed Wave (left) and Single-dotted Wave (right), Bawdeswell, 1st July

 

Spectacle, Bawdeswell, 1-Jul-09 Spectacle, Bawdeswell, 1-Jul-09

Spectacle, Bawdeswell, 1st July

 

Dipleurina lacustrata, Bawdeswell, 1-Jul-09 unidentified moth, Bawdeswell, 1-Jul-09

Dipleurina lacustrata (left) and unidentified micro (right), Bawdeswell, 1st July - if you can help with the ID for the one on the right then please get in touch! Light Grey Tortrix maybe?

 

Hook-marked Straw Moth, Bawdeswell, 1-Jul-09 Hook-marked Straw Moth, Bawdeswell, 1-Jul-09

Hook-marked Straw Moths, Bawdeswell, 1st July - variation in markings but I assume they're both still this species?

 

Riband Wave, Bawdeswell, 1-Jul-09  

Riband Wave, Bawdeswell, 1st July

 

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