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September 2011

 

Friday 30th September

A Little Owl was calling outside the bedroom window this morning, in broad daylight for a change but I still couldn't find - have never actually seen one from home.

Travelled down to Bradford-on-Avon this afternoon where we stayed with friends prior to heading off to Cornwall for a week. On the way a Fox crossed the road at Pickwick.

 

Thursday 29th September

My third Large Wainscot following my first on Tuesday and second yesterday, and my second Dusky-lemon Sallow following my first yesterday were trumped by my first ever Calybites phasianipennella. The latter has two forms and most photos online seem to relate to the other form (f. quadruplella), which looks completely different, so it took a while to find an ID for this one. Also Common Marbled Carpet, Double-striped Pug, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, 2 Brindled Greens, 2 Barred Sallows and 2 Sallows.

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Calybites phasianipennella, Bawdeswell, 29th September

 

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Large Wainscot (left) and Dusky-lemon Sallow (right), Bawdeswell, 29th September

 

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Sallow (left) and Barred Sallow (right), Bawdeswell, 29th September

 

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Sallow selection - Barred Sallows (top left and centre), Sallows (top right and bottom left) and Dusky-lemon Sallow (bottom right), Bawdeswell, 29th September

 

Wednesday 28th September

Heard a Kingfisher at Tattersett during my lunch break. Tonight's moths included my first ever Dusky-lemon Sallow - my 5th species of Sallow in the last 4 days. Also another Large Wainscot, another Grey Pine Carpet and these: White-shouldered House-moth, Blastobasis lacticolella, Garden Rose Tortrix*, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Large Yellow Underwing and Brindled Green.

*Updated Nov - thanks to Jon for correcting by gen det my misidentified Garden Rose Tortrix.

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Dusky-lemon Sallow, Bawdeswell, 28th September

 

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Large Wainscot (left) and Grey Pine Carpet (right), Bawdeswell, 28th September

 

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Garden Rose Tortrix (left) and Shuttle-shaped Dart (right), Bawdeswell, 28th September

 

Tuesday 27th September

It's always nice to see migrant passerines in my lunch break, although Wheatear at Thornham reservoir wasn't exactly the height of excitement. Among tonight's moths was one new to me, though I've been keeping an eye out for as it's common enough: Large Wainscot. Also:

White-shouldered House-moth, 2 Light Brown Apple Moths, 2 Eudonia angustea, Small Dusty Wave, Square-spot Rustic, Brick, Lunar Underwing, Barred Sallow and Sallow.

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Large Wainscot, Bawdeswelll (left) and Wheatear, Thornham (right), 27th September

 

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Lunar Underwing (left) and Brick (right), Bawdeswell, 27th September

 

Monday 26th September

Some interesting moths tonight including Pink-barred Sallow, my first Sallow and Brick for the year and 2 geometrids which I think are my first Grey Pine Carpets (but confirmation would be appreciated). Not much else: Blastobasis lacticolella, 2 Eudonia angustea and Large Yellow Underwing.

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Grey Pine Carpets, Bawdeswell, 26th September - at least I think so, but would welcome confirmation; the right hand one was considerably larger than the left hand one

 

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Pink-barred Sallow (left) and Sallow (right), Bawdeswell, 26th September

 

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Brick, Bawdeswell, 26th September

 

Sunday 25th September

Barred Sallow was new for the year. The rest of tonght's moths were:

White-shouldered House-moth, 4 Small Dusty Waves, Garden Carpet, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Square-spot Rustic and Centre-barred Sallow.

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Barred Sallow, Bawdeswell, 25th September

 

Saturday 24th September

Dave and I started the day in the Brecks, hoping to witness the regular autumn gathering of Stone-Curlews. I'd not seen more than 4 together before so the chance to see up to 130 was one not to miss. At first light we checked the fields where we imagined them to be but saw only a Little Owl, but then as we walked back to the car I discovered they were in fact in a stubble field - at least 105 Stone-Curlews!

Next stop was Covenham Reservoir in Lincolnshire where the target bird, an American Black Tern, was easily located. This was my first UK example of this form of Black Tern, which some authorities now treat as a different species from our Black Terns. There were 2 juvenile Little Stints there which were remarkably tame, as well as 2 Ringed Plovers. A Marsh Harrier flew by and overhead we picked up a late Swift among the House Martins.

Before heading home we decided to stop off at Graffham Water where a Sabine's Gull and Grey Phalarope have been showing well for a few days. They were both still present this morning, although as we got close news reached us that the Sabine's had been seen flying away from its usual spot, then again in flight but not since. This was a shame as that would have been the star bird, but we pressed on regardless - it had been around for so long that there was every chance it would return. We started off at the wrong car park, Mander, which proved fortuitous. Firstly I picked up a Shag, surely a good inland bird (but later found out that it had been around for a while) and then Dave trumped that big-time with a shout of Gannet! I spent my formative years birding an inland reservoir and gravel pits and still do a fair bit of inland birding now, but I had NEVER seen an inland Gannet before! After sharing this with the local birders we headed round to the correct location for the gull, but there was still no sign so we had to make do with the Grey Phalarope (and Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Yellow Wagtail). We then traipsed round the shoreline in the hope of relocating the Sabine's Gull, but managed only 2 distant juvenile Little Gulls and 7 more Yellow-type Wagtails. One of these was quite interesting - surely a Blue-headed Wagtail in an unfamiliar (to me) autumn plumage.

We were toying with the idea of going down to Beds to see the bird that's been identified as an Azorean Yellow-legged Gull, but news of a possible Isabelline Wheatear at Burnham Overy put paid to that (and a good job too as the Azorean thing wasn't seen tonight). We reckoned that with my foot on the floor we could just make it to Burnham to see this Norfolk mega, but as we approached Kings Lynn news reached us that it was now thought to be an normal (Northern) Wheatear. We should have carried on anyway as we would have got great views (though in fading light) of a newly discovered Arctic Warbler. Ah well, the afternoon could have been better but it was still a great day.

Just 3 moths: Small Dusty Wave, Brindled Green and Lunar Underwing.

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Stone-Curlews, Norfolk Brecks, 24th September

 

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American Black Tern, Covenham Reservoir, 24th September

 

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Little Stints, Covenham Reservoir, 24th September

 

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Swift, Covenham Reservoir, 24th September

 

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Ringed Plover, Covenham Reservoir, 24th September

 

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Gannet (left) and Shag (right), Graffham Water, 24th September

 

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Grey Phalarope, Graffham Water, 24th September

 

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apparent Blue-headed Wagtail, Graffham Water, 24th September - the blue-grey crown was more obvious at some angles than others and had some olive admixed, but can flavissima ever show such a grey crown?

 

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Dunlin, Graffham Water, 24th September

 

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Ringed Plover, Graffham Water, 24th September

 

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Little Egret, Graffham Water, 24th September

 

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unidentified bird, Graffham Water, 24th September - much discussion took place around the identity of this bird but I'm not sure a clear consensus was reached - quite honestly I wasn't very interested...!

 

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Lunar Underwing (left) and Brindled Green (right), Bawdeswell, 24th September

 

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Yellow Wagtail, Graffham Water, 24th September

 

Friday 23rd September

My first Sallow of the year turned up tonight, along with migrant species Silver Y and White-point. The rest were:

White-shouldered House-moth, Small Dusty Wave, Large Yellow Underwing and Square-spot Rustic.

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Turnstone, Brancaster Staithe, 23rd September

 

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Black-headed Gull, Brancaster Staithe, 23rd September

 

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Herring Gulls, Brancaster Staithe, 23rd September

 

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Oystercatchers, Brancaster Staithe, 23rd September

 

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Sallow, Bawdeswell, 23rd September

 

Thursday 22nd September

I didn't expect tonight to be any better for moths but it certainly was! Rhomboid Tortrix was my first ever, Beaded Chestnut and 2 Lunar Underwings are common species in Norfolk but ones I'd only seen previously in Cornwall, never before at home. Pale Mottled Willow was also good, a migrant and only my second. The supporting cast were:

2 White-shouldered House-moths, Light Brown Apple Moth, Eudonia angustea, Small Dusty Wave, 2 Lesser Yellow Underwings, 2 Square-spot Rustics and Snout.

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Beaded Chestnut (left) and Rhomboid Tortrix (right), Bawdeswell, 23rd September

 

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Lunar Underwings, Bawdeswell, 23rd September

 

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Lesser Yellow Underwing (left) and Pale Mottled Willow (right), Bawdeswell, 23rd September

 

Wednesday 21st September

Lunchtime at Brancaster Staithe didn't deliver any good birds but yet another batch of Turnstone photos. The only moths tonight were 2 Snouts.

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Turnstones, Brancaster Staithe, 21st September - including a couple with bling!

 

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Herring Gull, Brancaster Staithe, 21st September

 

Tuesday 20th September

Only 3 moths tonight: Eudonia angustea, Flounced Rustic and Snout.

 

Monday 19th September

Still at least 2 Yellow-legged Gulls at Houghton, but what do you think about the two shown below? I think one is probably just a Lesser Black-backed and the other seems to be a Herring Gull with yellowish legs. Let me know what you think.

Tonight's moths included both Pink-barred and Centre-barred Sallows, and these:

3 White-shouldered House-moths, Light Brown Apple Moth, Eudonia angustea, Small Dusty Wave, 2 Garden Carpets, Common Marbled Carpet, 3 Square-spot Rustics and 3 Snouts.

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Herring Gull, Houghton, 19th September - the left hand bird in the left hand photo is the same as the main bird in the right hand photo. Although the legs look pinkish in the right hand photo they looked distinctly yellow in the field (as in the left hand photo) - though not as clearly yellow as on Lesser Black-backed Gull.

 

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Gull sp., Houghton (left) and Centre-barred Sallow, Bawdeswell (right), 19th September - is the gull 2CY Lesser Black-backed? Let me know what you think about age and identity...

 

Sunday 18th September

Pink-barred Sallow was the best of tonight's moths, followed by Burnished Brass. Both were new for the year - surprising in the case of the Burnished Brass as I record a few most years and this is one of my latest.

White-shouldered House-moth, 3 Eudonia angustea, Amblyptilia acanthadactyla, Lesser Yellow Underwing, 5 Square-spot Rustics and Snout.

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Pink-barred Sallow (left) and Burnished Brass (right), Bawdeswell, 18th September

 

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Amblyptilia acanthadactyla, Bawdeswell, 18th September

 

Saturday 17th September

Took Dave up to Sheringham this morning for the vis mig experience - the Sandhill Crane that was heading south through Lothian and Northumberland today would surely be passing through here today, I assured him. Well I was quite close as it turned out as it was reported in the west of the county, but not close enough! In fact there was very little overland vis mig indeed. Just 2 Pipits flew west, the first of which sounded quite unfamiliar, unlike any of the commoner species - a little buzzier than Meadow Pipit (but not like Tree Pipit) and with a rising inflection. Initially heard only we eventually picked it up as it flew away from us and immediately noticed that it seemed big! Thoughts turned to Tawny Pipit, a species I've only heard a few times and I was aware that I hadn't heard all of its call-types. But although we couldn't think what else it could be, it was never anywhere near convincing enough to claim it and upon returning home I listened to some recordings, none of which sounded quite right. So no idea what it was, but I bet it was something good, or at least interesting!

The sea was much livelier than the land, although lacking anything like the quality that has been around over the last few days. Seabirds consisted of 9 Great Skuas, Arctic Skua and 390 Gannets. There were good numbers of duck passing including 225 Wigeon and 300 Teal. There were a few waders moving too but the best birds were perhaps the Hobby and 2 Kestrels which all came in off the sea. Although Kestrel is obviously a very common bird in Norfolk, definite migrants (e.g. birds moving at sea) are relatively scarce - I don't think I've ever seen more than one in a day before.

On a night when several moth-trappers were complaining about the absence of moths the following turned up in my bedroom: not exactly an enormous haul, but no worse than several recent nights:

Small Dusty Wave, Willow Beauty, Light Emerald, Ruby Tiger, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Lesser Yellow Underwing, 2 Square-spot Rustics and Snout.

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Shuttle-shaped Dart (left) and Light Emerald (right), Bawdeswell, 17th September

 

Friday 16th September

Although still not large numbers of moths, there were a couple of interesting ones tonight. Rusty-dot Pearl is a migrant species which I have only encountered in SW England previously, although it's not especially unusual in Norfolk. Catoptria falsella was new for the year. Apart from a Noctuid that I'm not sure about (Flounced Rustic perhaps? Let me know what you think), the rest were:

White-shouldered House-moth, Small Dusty Wave, 2 Garden Carpets, Willow Beauty, 3 Square-spot Rustics and Common Wainscot.

Update December - looking back at the noctuid I think Flounced Rustic must have been the correct ID - still, let me know if you agree or disagree!

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Flounced Rustic (left) and Catoptria falsella (right), Bawdeswell, 16th September - I left the noctuid unidentified at the time but on returning to it a few months later I think Flounced Rustic is ok - let me know if yo disagree!

 

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Rusty-dot Pearl, Bawdeswell, 16th September

 

Thursday 15th September

Tonight's moths included 2 Heart and Clubs (only my third and fourth), Lesser Yellow Underwing, Vine's Rustic and, not usually remarkable but seemingly scarce this year: Silver Y. The rest were:

White-shouldered House-moth, Light Brown Apple Moth, 2 Small Dusty Waves, Green Carpet, Setaceous Hebrew Character, 6 Square-spot Rustics and a Snout (missing its snout)

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Vine's Rustic (left) and Heart and Club (right), Bawdeswell, 15th September

 

Wednesday 14th September

At least 1 Mediterranean Gull was following the plough at Courtyard Farm, Ringstead, during my lunch break. No great excitement among tonight's moths:

White-shouldered House-moth, Light Brown Apple Moth, 3 Small Dusty Waves, Green Carpet, Brimstone Moth, 5 Square-spot Rustics, Centre-barred Sallow and 3 Snouts.

 

Tuesday 13th September

On my last visit to the pig fields at Houghton I had formed the impression that Yellow-legged Gull season was drawing to a close, but a return visit in my lunch break today produced 10 Yellow-legged Gulls - my highest count this year. A latish Heart and Dart was the most intereting moth tonight: the rest were:

Small Dusty Wave, Brimstone Moth, Flame Shoulder, 2 Square-spot Rustics and Snout.

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Yellow-legged Gulls, Houghton, 13th September

 

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Gulls, Houghton (left) and Pheasant, Shernborne (right), 13th September - let me know what you think the gulls are - after a brief hope that both the front birds could have been Yellow-legged I ended up concluding that neither were - do you agree? Lesser & Herring?

 

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Grey Partridges, Shernborne, 13th September

 

Monday 12th September

Best of tonight's moths were my second ever Brindled Green and another Lesser Yellow Underwing, the remainder being:

White-shouldered House-moth, 3 Small Dusty Waves, Brimstone Moth, 2 Square-spot Rustics, Centre-barred Sallow and 2 Snouts.

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Brindled Green, Bawdeswell, 12th September

 

Sunday 11th September

An uninspiring selection of moths tonight: White-shouldered House-moth, Light Brown Apple Moth, 9 Small Dusty Waves, Green Carpet, Setaceous Hebrew Character and 2 Square-spot Rustics.

 

Saturday 10th September

Instead of joining the unruly crowds at Titchwell today I joined the group I sometimes help with who were visiting Minsmere. Unfortunately there wasn't anything like the quality of birds at Minsmere as there was at Titchwell, but the group enjoyed the escaped Greater Flamingo. A distant Hobby was hunting over the wood but a (another?) juvenile low over the scrape provided better views, if only very briefly. Waders included single Grey and Golden Plovers, both smart adults, and a brief Sanderling but we either didn't see the Curlew Sandpipers or they were really Dunlin. The wind kept the Bearded Tits down but 2 Wheatears were by the sluice.

Best of tonight's moths was my first Angle Shades of the year. The rest were:

Light Brown Apple Moth, 2 Celypha lacunana, Pearl Veneer, Agriphila geniculea, Eudonia angustea, 5 Small Dusty Waves, 2 Common Marbled Carpets, Green Carpet, Brimstone Moth, Engrailed, Setaceous Hebrew Character, 5 Square-spot Rustics, Common Wainscot, Centre-barred Sallow and 6 Snouts.

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escaped Greater Flamingo, Minsmere, 10th September

 

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Little Egret, Minsmere, 10th September

 

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Wheatear (left) and Magpie (right), Minsmere, 10th September

 

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Grey Plover (left) and Golden Plover (right), Minsmere, 10th September

 

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Pheasant (left) and leucistic Wigeon (right), Minsmere, 10th September

 

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Painted Lady, Minsmere, 10th September

 

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Angle Shades, Bawdeswell, 10th September

 

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Common Marbled Carpets, Bawdeswell, 10th September

 

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Agriphila geniculea, Bawdeswell, 10th September

 

Friday 9th September

I spent lunchtime along the Choseley Road south of Thornham, overlooking Titchwell RSPB Reserve - I was hoping to see a Cattle Egret but it was out of sight from my vantage point. There were 3 Buzzards at Thornham but little did I know that the birdwatchers I could see on the bank at Titchwell were enjoying fabulous views of what they thought was a baby Bittern, and others had been doing so for pretty much all week. Apparently some of them had wondered why it was so small, and a few had even identified it correctly. Unfortunately none of the staff had seen it, no-one who'd identified it correctly had thought to tell anyone, and none of the people who had got amazing photos of it had shown the staff... until this afternoon when staff were eventually shown images of it on the back of someone's camera and suddenly all the strange reports of baby Bitterns started to make sense - it was a juvenile Little Bittern!

I was still at work, but ready to leave, when the news came through that there was a Little Bittern showing well at Titchwell, so, knowing that a Buff-breasted Sandpiper was also there I left immediately and raced straight up. Unfortunately this wasn't quite quick enough as it walked out of view just a few minutes before my arrival - and didn't reappear before darkness fell. I knew that if it did show it might do so only momentarily so I didn't dare leave the area in order to see the other birds that I would have liked to have seen, so I came away empty handed! Well, not quite I suppose - a pair of Bearded Tits showed briefly and a nice Hobby sped through, and a Mandarin appeared very briefly. It could have been so much better though!

Best of tonight's moths was Agriphila geniculea - the rest were Brown House-moth, 2 Green Carpets, Large Yellow Underwing, 3 Square-spot Rustics and Snout.

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Bearded Tits, Titchwell, 9th September

 

Thursday 8th September

A few more moths tonight, best of which was a Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner. The rest were:

Brown House-moth, 2 White-shouldered House-moths, Celypha lacunana, Eudonia angustea, 7 Small Dusty Waves, 3 Double-striped Pugs, Brimstone Moth, Engrailed, 4 Square-spot Rustics and 3 Snouts.

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Eudonia angustea (left) and Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner (right), Bawdeswell, 8th September

 

Wednesday 7th September

Just Green Carpet, Willow Beauty and Square-spot Rustic tonight.

 

Tuesday 6th September

At long last I've finally finished sorting through my photos from our holiday in Malawi in May. Below are a few tasters but have a look at my trip report if you want to see Small Buttonquail with chicks, Spotted Creepers, Livingstone's Flycatchers, Yellow-throated Apalis (Malawi's only endemic bird) and much more.

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Little and Boehm's Bee-eaters, Lesser Jacana (adult and chick), Pied Kingfisher, Laughing Dove, Miombo Double-collared and Eastern Olive Sunbirds, Village Indigobird, Southern Citril, African Harrier-Hawk, African Buffalo, African Elephants and sunset at Liwonde, Malawi, May 2011 - for full details and many more photos, click here

Had another look through the gulls at Houghton today - still a fair number of Lesser Black-backed Gulls there but Yellow-legged Gull is no longer the second commonest large gull there - more Herring Gulls now. There were at least 3 Yellow-legged Gulls though, and I'm sure a longer search would have revealed more.

With conditions poor for moths again I thought it worth risking putting the MV light back on again tonight. Highlight was a Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing which was my first ever. Also these:

Small Dusty Wave, Flame Shoulder, Large Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, 3 Square-spotted Rustics, Centre-barred Sallow and Snout.

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Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Bawdeswell, 6th September

 

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Pheasant (female var. tenebrosus), Amner, 6th September

 

Monday 5th September

Went to Thornham in my lunch break - a quick scan over the saltmarsh before I left revealed 3 Spoonbills - Norfolk's latest avian colonist. Tonight conditions weren't good for moths - a Garden Carpet and 2 Square-spot Rustics were the lot!

 

Sunday 4th September

Can't believe it's September and I'm still too busy to get out birding during the weekend! Really need to fix that! I did see one nice bird today though - a Hobby sped over the A1067 near Sparham. I didn't use the MV light tonight and consequently had a much more manageable haul of moths, a second Light Emerald being the best:

Brown House-moth, Light Brown Apple Moth, Agriphila tristella, Garden Pebble, Emmelina monodactyla, Brimstone Moth, Setaceous Hebrew Character, 2 Square-spot Rustics, Common Wainscot, Dark Arches and Snout.

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Light Emerald (left) and Brimstone Moth (right), Bawdeswell, 4th September

 

Saturday 3rd September

Well I didn't learn from last night's mistake and the same thing happened again - 87 moths of 30 species! They included another Skin Moth, my first Light Emerald of the year, another Vine's Rustic and an unprecedented total of 30 Square-spot Rustics. Most surprising though were 4 Copper Underwings - although they are a common species across Norfolk I had never had a single one here before. The rest were:

4 Brown House-moths, White-shouldered House-moth, Agonopterix arenella, Bryotropha domesticus, Blastobasis lignea, Blastobasis lacticolella, Acleris laterana (gen. detted by Jon - thanks!), 3 Pearl Veneers, Mother of Pearl, Amblyptilia acanthadactyla, Emmelina monodactyla, Orange Swift, Small Blood-vein, 6 Small Dusty Waves, Garden Carpet, Common Carpet, 6 Green Carpets, 4 Brimstone Moths, Willow Beauty, 3 Flame Shoulders, Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 3 Setaceous Hebrew Character, Straw Dot and 4 Snouts.

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Orange Swift (left) and Copper Underwing (right), Bawdeswell, 3rd September

 

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Copper Underwings, Bawdeswell, 3rd September - apparently the pale tips of the palps contrast more on Svensson's Copper Underwing - helpful perhaps when the underwing pattern is ambiguous

 

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Acleris laterana (gen. det. by Jon Clifton) (left) and Agonopterix arenella (right), Bawdeswell, 3rd September

 

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Amplyptilia acanthadactyla (left) and Skin Moth (right), Bawdeswell, 3rd September

 

Friday 2nd September

At lunch time a Barnacle Goose was among feral Greylags at West Newton. With poor numbers of moths now for several nights I decided to put the MV light on again to see if I could lure a few more in. That combined with warmer temperatures meant I got myself inundated! 81 moths is not, so my wife would tell you, a good thing in the bedroom! It's also more moths than I have pots, so dealing with them is problematic, so I don't intentionally attract that many. Still, there were several interesting ones among them, including one lifer: Bactra lancealana.

Others that were notable for here were Emmetia marginea (my third - all this year), Paraswammerdamia albicapitella, Bryotropha domestica, a latish Engrailed (third generation?), my second ever Heart and Club, Nutmeg (also my third, all this year) and 2 more Centre-barred Sallows. The rest were:

2 Tinea semifulvella, 5 Brown House-moths, Acleris laterana (gen det by Jon Clifton), 2 Celypha lacunana, 2 Pearl Veneers, Agriphila tristella, 5 Small Dusty Waves, Riband Wave, 2 Garden Carpets, 5 Green Carpets, 3 Double-striped Pugs, 8 Brimstone Moths, Shuttle-shaped Dart, 7 Flame Shoulders, Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, 23 Square-spot Rustics and Snout.

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Bactra lancealana, Bawdeswell, 2nd September

 

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Heart and Club (left) and Shuttle-shaped Dart (right), Bawdeswell, 2nd September

 

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Engrailed (left) and Common Marbled Carpet (right), Bawdeswell, 2nd September

 

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Nutmeg (left) and Bryotropha domestica (right), Bawdeswell, 2nd September

 

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Emmetia marginea, Bawdeswell, 2nd September

 

Thursday 1st September

Another Vine's Rustic and another Centre-barred Sallow were the highlights of tonight's moths, the rest of which were:

Brown House-moth, 4 White-shouldered House-moths, Pearl Veneer, Common Marbled Carpet, 2 Green Carpets, 2 Brimstone Moths, Flame Shoulder, 3 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 11 Square-spot Rustics and Straw Dot.

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Vine's Rustic (left) and Centre-barred Sallow (right), Bawdeswell, 1st September

 

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