June 2013

 

Sunday 30th June

The journey back from Bradford-on-Avon produced another 4 Red Kites along the M4. The A11 was closed so I took a diversion through the Brecks, pausing for a quick look round Cranwich Camp. The highlight was my first Oblique Striped, a Breckland speciality macro, and my first UK Forester. Other moths recorded here were Yellow-barred Long-horn Nemophora degeerella, 10 Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, Bright Bell Eucosma hohenwartiana, Hook-streaked Grass-veneer Crambus lathoniellus, 3 Powdered Grass-veneers Thisanotia chrysonuchella, 6 Little Grass-veneers Platytes cerusella, Yarrow Plume Platyptilia pallidactyla, probable Brown Plume Stenoptilia pterodactyla, 4 Yellow Shells, Green Carpet and Cinnabar.

The patch produced some birds including at Rawhall a Curlew and 9 Green Sandpipers. Also good to see Little Ringed Plovers fledged on the patch. Also some moths, including more Yellow-barred Long-horns Nemophora degeerella (5 at 2 sites), 40+ Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana, Straw Conch Cochylimorpha straminea, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, 6 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana and Large Twin-spot Carpet.

Easily the hottest night of the year so far I think, and a good night for moths. Best was the tiny but beautiful White-banded Pigmy Ectoedemia albifasciella, my first at home (following my first adult anywhere last Saturday). Also 2 Fulvous Clothes-moths Tinea semifulvella, Firethorn Leaf-miner Phyllonorycter leucographella, Cyress Tip Moth Argyresthia cupressella, 2 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Common Marbled Celypha lacunana, Triple-blotched Bell Epiblema trimaculana, presumed (worn) Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, 3 Elder Pearls Phylctaenia coronata, 3 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella, 4 Small Dusty Waves, 5 Silver-ground Carpets, Yellow Shell, Sandy Carpet, Common Pug, Grey Pug, Green Pug, Brimstone Moth, Willow Beauty, White Ermine, Bright-line Brown-eye, 5 Brown Rustics, Dark Arches, Marbled Minor agg., Middle-barred Minor, 2 Spectacles, 2 Straw Dots and 9 Snouts.

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probable Brown Plume Stenoptilia pterodactyla (left) and Oblique Striped (right), Cranwich Camp, 30th June

 

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Forester, Cranwich Camp, 30th June

 

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Yellow-barred Long-horn Nemophora degeerella, Bittering, 30th June

 

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Straw Conch Cochylimorpha straminea (left) and Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana (right), Bittering, 30th June

 

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Yellow Shell (left) and White-banded Pigmy Ectoedema albifasciella (right), Bawdeswell, 30th June

 

Saturday 29th June

Headed down to Bath/Bradford-on-Avon for a weekend with friends, so no birds or moths to report (except 3 Red Kites along the M4). Nice to see old friends though.

 

Friday 28th June

The Oystercatchers that nested just outside my office window hatched this morning - or at least 3 of them did. I'm a bit surprised to be honest - the parents never got used to people coming in and out of the office, leaving the eggs exposed for a good while every time. In today's rain the chicks spent most of the day huddled under one of the adults in the corner of the building. They were feeding when I arrived but they didn't seem to do much feeding after that - I hope they managed to get enough to eat before people started arriving. At least they've got the weekend now when they shouldn't get too badly disturbed. Then on Monday they'll just have to try and keep out of the way of the cars - car parks aren't the safest place to bring up a family.

Just 3 moths tonight: a worn Grey sp. Scoparia sp., Common Swift and Flame Shoulder.

 

Thursday 27th June

Very few moths at first this evening but then when I was ready to go to bed they started pouring in... Fulvous Clothes-moth Tinea semifulvella, Cypress Tip Moth Argyresthia cupressella, 2 White-shouldered House-moths Endrosis sarcitrella, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, 2 Common Swifts, Riband Wave, 3 Green Carpets, 2 Freyer's Pugs, Currant Pug, Common Pug, Green Pug, Brimstone Moth, 3 Mottled Beauties, White Ermine, Buff Ermine, Flame, 4 Brown Rustics, Middle-barred Minor, Silver Y and Straw Dot.

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Green Pug (left) and Currant Pug (right), Bawdeswell, 27th June

 

Wednesday 26th June

A couple of interesting macro moths tonight: a Ghost Moth, not my first but always spectacular, and a Latticed Heath - my first at home. Otherwise pretty much usual stuff: Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteucha culmella, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, Elder Pearl Phlyctaenia coronata, 4 Silver-ground Carpets, Garden Carpet, Freyer's Pug, Common Pug, White Ermine, Heart and Dart, 2 Flames, 2 Rustic Shoulder-knots, 2 Brown Rustics, 3 Marbled Minor aggs. and Silver Y.

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Ghost Moth (left) and Latticed Heath (right), Bawdeswell, 26th June

 

Tuesday 25th June

An attempt to find some birds in my lunch break wasn't successful, but I did see Common Carpet at Tattersett while photographing the poppies and 20 Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana at Broomsthorpe. Moths at home tonight were unremarkable: Elder Pearl Phylctaenia coronata, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Silver-ground Carpet, Green Carpet, 2 Common Pugs, Brimstone Moth, Buff Ermine, Bright-line Brown-eye, Brown Rustic, Mottled Rustic and Spectacle.

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Common Poppies, Tattersett, 25th June

 

Monday 24th June

Few moths again tonight, thanks at least in part to not having the light on for long: probable Hawthorn Slender Parornix anglicella, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, 2 Silver-ground Carpets, Common Marbled Carpet, 4 Common Pugs, Buff Ermine and Brown Rustic.

 

Sunday 23rd June

I never planned to get out birding early today after a very late night last night, but I had hoped to get out at some point. A migraine put paid to that, as well as other plans I had for the day, so only the evening's moths to report (and not many of them): Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, Treble Brown Spot, Common Pug, Flame Shoulder and Spectacle.

 

Saturday 22nd June

I didn't manage to get any birding done today but in the evening I did hear Woodcock and Tawny Owl as I teamed up with some other folk for some more Breckland mothing. I think the consensus was that the Pine Tortrix Archips oporana was the moth of the night, being both rarely recorded in Norfolk and very distinctive. It was a good night with several other new moths for me, namely White-banded Pigmy Ectoedemia albifasciella (update: now confirmed), 2 Large Long-horns Nematopogon swammerdamella, 4 Larch Case-bearers Coleophora laricella, 1-2 Larch Bud-moths Spilonota laricana, possible Little Beech Piercer Strophedra weirana (awaiting confirmation), Little Oak Piercer Strophedra nitidana, Large Beech Piercer Cydia fagiglandana, 1-2 Long-winged Pearls Perinephela lancealis, 2 Clay Triple-lines, 2 Clouded Magpies, 2 Brindled White-spots, 10+ Maple Prominents, Four-dotted Footman and 2 Coronets.

The other moths recorded were (the counts of the more numerous ones are very conservative guesses): Oak Carl Tischeria ekebladella, White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, Black-speckled Groundling Carpatolechia proximella, White-faced Tortrix Pandemis cinnamomeana, White-barred Tortrix Olindia schumacherana, 3 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Pine Bell Epinotia rubiginosana, 2 Triple-blotched Bells Epiblema trimaculana, 4 Spotted Shoot Moths Rhyacionia pinivorana, Hook-streaked Grass-veneer Crambus lathoniellus, 12+ Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, 3 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, 10 Olive Pearls Udea olivalis, Brown Pine Knot-horn Dioryctria simplicella, 5 Gold Swifts, Pebble Hook-tip, Maiden's Blush, 2 Flame Carpets, 6 Silver-ground Carpets, 2 Common Carpets, 4 Common Marbled Carpets, 4 Grey Pine Carpets, Spruce Carpet, 4 Green Carpets, 2 May Highflyers, Sharp-angled Carpet, Sandy Carpet, 3 Foxglove Pugs, Mottled Pug, c5 Grey Pugs, 3 Dwarf Pugs, Treble-bar, Small Yellow Wave, 20 Tawny-barred Angles, 30 Brown Silver-lines, 2 Scorched Wings, 3 Scalloped Hazels, 3 Peppered Moths, Mottled Beauty, 6 Pale Oak Beauties, 15 Bordered Whites, 2 Common White Waves, 2 Clouded Silvers, 4 Light Emeralds, Barred Red, Pine Hawkmoth, 10 Lime Hawkmoths, 3 Small Elephant Hawkmoths, Iron Prominent, Lesser Swallow Prominent, 2 Marbled Browns, Lobster Moth, 2 Pale Tussocks, 10 Red-necked Footmen, 12 Orange Footmen, 2 White Ermines, 2 Buff Ermines, Flame Shoulder, Grey or Dark Dagger, 2 Rustic Shoulder-knots, Brown Rustic, Clouded-bordered Brindle, probable Marbled Minor agg., 30 Marbled White Spots, Burnished Brass, Beautiful Golden Y, 2 Spectacles, 3 Snouts and Small Fan-foot.

At home the lights attracted Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, 2 Silver-ground Carpets, Common Marbled Carpet, Green Carpet, Freyer's Pug, Common Pug, 2 Brown Rustics, Mottled Rustic and Small Fan-foot.

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Maple Prominent (left) and Beautiful Golden Y (right), Snake Wood, 22nd June

 

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Pine Tortrix Archips oporana, Snake Wood, 22nd June

 

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Red-necked Footman (left) and Four-dotted Footman (right), Snake Wood, 22nd June

 

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Clay Triple-lines, Snake Wood, 22nd June

 

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Clouded Magpie (left) and Maiden's Blush (right), Snake Wood, 22nd June

 

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Brindled White-spot (left) and Pale Oak Beauty (right), Snake Wood, 22nd June

 

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Lobster Moth (left) and Coronet (right), Snake Wood, 22nd June

 

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Small Yellow Wave (left) and White-faced Tortrix Pandemis cinnamomeana (right), Snake Wood, 22nd June

 

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May Highflyer (left) and Long-winged Pearl Perinephela lancealis (right), Snake Wood, 22nd June

 

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Larch-bud Moth Spilonota laricana (left) and Piercer sp. Strophedra sp. (right), Snake Wood, 22nd June - the indistinct dorsal fascia suggests the commoner Little Beech Piercer Strophedra weirana but the wing seems broad and another better marked one was a Little Oak Piercer Strophedra nitidana, so perhaps is a poorly-marked nitidana? I retained it so hope to get confirmation in due course

 

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Spotted Shoot Moth Rhyacionia pinovorana (left) and White-barred Tortrix Olindia schumacherana (right), Snake Wood, 22nd June

 

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Larch Case-bearer Coleophora laricella (left) and presumed Marbled Minor agg. (right), Snake Wood, 22nd June

 

Friday 21st June

Went to the patch after work where the Red-crested Pochard is now almost in eclipse plumage. A Hobby put on a good performance and there were 6 Green Sandpipers at one site. A few insects were about too, including my first Black-tailed Skimmer and Large Skipper of the year and the following moths: 10 Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana, Swan-feather Dwarf Elachista argentella, 2 Timothy Tortrices Aphelia paleana, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, Triangle Plume Platyptilia gonodactyla, Yellow Shell, Latticed Heath and Mother Shipton - the last of these was my first ever in the UK, despite it being quite a common species.

The forecast had indicated reasonably good mothing weather this evening. I decided to head back to the patch after dark to see what I could net using a torch, but on my arrival the cloud cleared revealing a nearly full moon, and a breeze got up that I'd not been expecting. Conditions were clearly far from suitable and after a very quick attempt (producing just Silver-ground Carpet, Yellow Shell, Common Pug, Clouded Silver, White Ermine and Dark Arches) I gave up and returned home. There the light hadn't done much better, eventually pulling in Bird's-nest Moth Tinea trinotella, 2 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, Elder Pearl Phlyctaenia coronata, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Silver-ground Carpet, Foxglove Pug, 3 Freyer's Pugs, 7 Common Pugs, Brimstone Moth, Brown Rustic, 2 Snouts and Small Fan-foot.

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Mother Shipton (left) and Timothy Tortrix Aphelia paleana (right), Beetley, 21st June

 

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Latticed Heath (left) and Small Tortoiseshell (right), Bittering, 21st June

 

Thursday 20th June

I popped in to Wells on the way home from work to see the Rose-coloured Starling that many people have been enjoying fantastic views of over the last couple of days. It wasn't showing when I arrived and remained hidden until the guy whose garden it frequents came out to top up his feeders at which point it flew to a nearby tree, immediately disappearing from view. It didn't show again. A very brief flight view wasn't quite what I was hoping for - a flyover Mediterranean Gull was more enjoyable than that!

Tonight's moths included my first ever Broken-barred Carpet - not a rare moth by any means but it's always enjoyable finding a new one, especially when they're as smart as this one was. Also Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella, Bird's-nest Moth Tinea trinotella, Cypress Tip Moth Argyresthia cupressella, 4 Diamond-back Moths Plutella xylostella, Case-bearer sp. Coleophora sp., Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Rush Marble Bactra lancealana, 2 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella, 4 Green Carpets, Currant Pug, 3 Common Pugs, Lime Hawkmoth, Least Black Arches, Brown Rustic and 5 Straw Dots.

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Broken-barred Carpet (left) and Lime Hawkmoth (right), Bawdeswell, 20th June

 

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Cypress Tip Moth Argyresthia cupressella (left) and Case-bearer sp. Coleophora sp. (right), Bawdeswell, 20th June

 

Wednesday 19th June

Tonight's moths were Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis, Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, Rush Marble Bactra lancealana, Grey sp. Scoparia sp., Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Cream Wave, Silver-ground Carpet, 5 Common Marbled Carpets, 2 Green Carpets, 3 Mottled Pugs, Freyer's Pug, 8 Common Pugs, 2 Brimstone Moths, Common Wave, Pale Tussock, Flame Shoulder, 2 Brown Rustics, Beautiful Golden Y, Spectacle and Straw Dot.

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Meadow Grey Scoparia pyralella or Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, Bawdeswell, 19th June - I'm not clear how to separate dull pyralella from bright ambigualis - any thoughts?

 

Tuesday 18th June

With cloud, calm warm conditions forecasted for this evening I decided it would be a good night to take my light out to Creaking Gate Lake. On the way I stopped at Rawhall Gravel Pits where one of the Avocets was unfortunately present - unfortunate because it had presumably been disturbed from its usual site. Very unexpectedly for the middle of June there were also 8 Green Sandpipers present (Dave had counted 9 earlier). I know autumn starts early for these things but this many this early is bizarre. Also netted a Large Brindled Clothes Moth Triaxomera parasitella here.

At Creaking Gate Lake the forecast cloud was thinner than expected - so thin the moon shone quite brightly through it. Consequently things got off to a slow start and it started to look like a giant caddisfly would be the most interesting observation, disappointing for Dave's first mothing experience. Fortunately the cloud thickened and the moths started pouring in - we bagged 114 moths of 52 species including 2 that I'd never seen before. One of these, Large Lance-wing Epermenia falciformis, was probably the scarcest moth seen while the other was perhaps the best looking, a Green Silver-lines (surprising that I'd not seen one before given how many records there are of this species in Norfolk). There were lots of other species that I'd not seen often and some good looking ones to keep Dave's interest up. Dave was especially keen to see a hawkmoth but none had turned up when I was ready to start packing things up - fortunately Dave persuaded me to give it 5 more minutes and in that time 2 Elephant Hawkmoths turned up!

The other moths recorded were Gorse Case-bearer Coleophora albicosta, Yarrow Conch Aethes smeathmanniana, Grey Tortrix sp. Cnephasia sp., Common Marble Celypha lacunana, 6 Hook-streaked Grass-veneers Crambus lathoniellus, Meadow Grey Scoparia pyralella, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, Gold Swift, 2 Common Swifts, 2 Pebble Hook-tips, 3 Silver-ground Carpets, Common Carpet, 2 Common Marbled Carpets, Grey Pine Carpet, 12+ Green Carpets, May Highflyer, Sandy Carpet, 2 Common Pugs, White-spotted Pug, Small Yellow Wave, 2 Clouded Borders, Brown Silver-line, 3 Scorched Wings, 2 Brimstone Moths, 2 Peppered Moths, 3+ Pale Oak Beauties, 2 Clouded Silvers, 2 Light Emeralds, 2 Iron Prominents, Swallow-tailed Prominent, 2 Marbled Browns, Pale Tussock, 2 Orange Footmen, 3 White Ermines, Buff Ermine, Flame Shoulder, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Lychnis, Poplar Grey, Small Angle Shades, 4 Clouded-bordered Brindles, 3 Marbled Minor aggs., 2 Middle-barred Minors, Marbled White Spot, Burnished Brass, Beautiful Golden Y, Spectacle, 20+ Straw Dots and Snout.

On the way home I narrowly avoided running over a Badger and when I got home the bedroom lights had attracted Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, 3 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella, Silver-ground Carpet, 3 Green Carpets, Mottled Pug, 3 Freyer's Pugs, probable Wormwood Pug, 3 Common Pugs and Mottled Rustic.

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Green Silver-lines (left) and Elephant Hawkmoths (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 18th June

 

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Large Lance-wing Epermenia falciformis (left) and Gorse Case-bearer Coleophora albicosta (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 18th June

 

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Iron Prominent (left) and Marbled Brown (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 18th June

 

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Pebble Hook-tip (left) and Scorched Wing (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 18th June

 

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Orange Footman (left) and Buff Ermine (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 18th June

 

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Beautiful Golden Y (left) and Small Angle Shades (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 18th June

 

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Pale Oak Beauty (left) and Peppered Moth (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 18th June

 

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Clouded-bordered Brindles, Creaking Gate Lake, 18th June - at least I assume the right hand moth is a dark form of that species - confirmation (or an alternative ID) would be much appreciated as it shows one or two features that I can't find on any photos of dark forms elsewhere

 

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Marbled White Spot (left) and May Highflyer (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 18th June

 

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Freyer's Pug, Bawdeswell, 18th June

 

Monday 17th June

A stroll round Thornham in my lunch break failed to turn up any Collared Flycatchers but I did see 30 Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana, Swan-feather Dwarf Elachista argentella and Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana.

At home this evening just a few moths: White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, Common Swift, Mottled Pug, 4 Common Pugs, Brimstone Moth and Pale Tussock.

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Common Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana, Thornham, 17th June

 

Sunday 16th June

An excellent day today. I planned to have a leisurely lunch and then head off to the patch to look for birds and day-flying moths during the afternoon but a quick check of the forecast suggested it was going to cloud over soon so I skipped lunch and headed straight there. Dave and I started off with a quick look round one of the gravel pits where Little Ringed Plover and Barn Owl represented the birds but the greatest excitement came from the moths. One of these turned out to be Colt's-foot Bell Epiblema sticticana - the first county record for about a decade. Other insects included Broad-bodied Chasers and 2 Treble Bars.

Creaking Gate Lake provided more interesting moths and dragonflies, the latter including at least 3 Broad-bodied Chasers and what seems to have been a Red-eyed Damselfly, although not in typical habitat for that species. Three moths netted were completely new to me: Pale Oak Midget Phyllonorycter heegeriella, Maple Midget Phyllonorycter acerifoliella and the quite lovely and not very often recorded Brindled Tortrix Ptycholoma lecheana. Also recorded here were Green Long-horn Adela reaumurella, 70 Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana, 3 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, 2 Plum Tortrices Hedya pruniana, 10 Grey Gorse Piercers Cydia ulicetana, Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteucha culmella, 4 Hook-streaked Grass-veneers Crambus lathoniellus, 3 Silver-ground Carpets, Green Carpet and 2 Straw Dots.

By now I was desperate for my lunch and wanted to get lots done at home before heading out again in the evening but just as I was leaving Dave took a call. From the tone of his voice I could tell that he was receiving some important news and sure enough he beckoned me to hold on. Lunch was put on hold once again and not many minutes later we were looking for a ROLLER between Holt and Edgefield, Norfolk's first in over 20 years! There had been no sign in the area it was found in for some time so we headed round to look elsewhere. It wasn't long before Dave got another call to say someone was watching it at Holt Lowes so we sped round and were soon slapping eyes on my first Norfolk Roller! I was well chuffed with that - I don't get Norfolk ticks very often nowadays and this was a really beaut! Thanks for the calls Kieran! By now I was starving so we didn't give it as long as we would perhaps have liked - by the time I got home for lunch Vitty had almost prepared the evening meal!

As the sky cleared again I wasn't too fussed about missing out on the planned evening's mothing. A few moths did appear at home, namely Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, 2 Silver-ground Carpets, Garden Carpet, 2 Common Pugs, Brimstone Moth, Common White Wave, Flame, Flame Shoulder, Marbled Minor and Spectacle.

Roller, Holt Lowes, 16th June

 

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Colt's-foot Bell Epiblema sticticana (left) and Treble Bar (right), Bittering, 16th June

 

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Common Blue, Bittering (left) and Brindled Tortrix Ptycholoma lecheana, Creaking Gate Lake (right), 16th June

 

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Maple Midget Phyllonorycter acerifoliella (left) and Pale Oak Midget Phyllonorycter heegeriella (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 16th June

 

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Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana (left) and Grey Gorse Piercer Cydia ulicetana (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 16th June

 

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Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars (left) and possibly Mottled Umber caterpillar (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 16th June - please get in touch if you can confirm the ID of the Mottled Umber

 

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apparent Red-eyed Damselfy (left) and Broad-bodied Chaser (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 16th June

 

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Azure Damselfy (left) and Common Blue Damselfly (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 16th June

 

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Common White Wave, Bawdeswell, 16th June

 

Saturday 15th June

On the way to the Brecks to look for moths with Rob we had a quick look at the patch where an Avocet continued. As I turned the car round we noticed a moth which, on further examination, proved to be one that neither of us had seen before and which Rob in particular had long wanted to see - an utterly splendid Common Tubic Alabonia geoffrella. Also 2 Yellow-spot Tortrices Pseudargyrotoza conwagana there. Neither of us have done any mothing in the Brecks so we hoped to pick up several new species, but finding the Alabonia even before we'd got there was an excellent start!

Our arrival in the Brecks coincided with rain so we headed off for an early sausage and chips before returning to a site where we hoped to pick up on several Breckland specialities. As Woodlark sung and Cuckoo called we hunted for moths, finding no less than 7 species that I'd not seen before: Oak Marble Lobesia reliquana, possible Lead-coloured Drill Dichrorampha plumbana (to be confirmed), 20 Powdered Grass-veneers Thisanotia chrysonuchella, 2 Little Grass-veneers Platytes cerusella, Breckland Plume Oxyptilus distans, Clouded Buff and Burnet Companion. Others were Oak Carl Tischeria ekebladella, Cinereous Groundling Bryotropha terrella, 3 Hook-streaked Grass-veneers Crambus lathoniellus and 6 Yellow Shells.

After this we joined the Norfolk Moth Survey group at Brettenham Heath where more good moths awaited us, including Thistle Bell Epiblema scutulana, Grey Carpet, 4 Shears and 4 Light Brocades, all new to me. We might have expected much more if it hadn't been clear and windy but given the conditions we were happy with our haul. The lights also attracted Hawthorn Slender Parornix anglicella, Grey Tortrix agg. Cnephasia sp., Hook-streaked Grass-veneer Crambus lathoniellus, 3 Little Grass-veneers Platytes cerusella, Meadow Grey Scoparia pyralella, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, 2 Silver-ground Carpets, Common Carpet, 4 Green Carpets, Mottled Pug, Grey Pug, 4 Brown Silver-lines, Peppered Moth, 4 Small Elephant Hawkmoths, Iron Prominent, Great Prominent, White Ermine, Heart and Dart, Flame, Flame Shoulder, 2 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 8 Treble Lines and Nut-tree Tussock. Back at home just 1 Mottled Pug.

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Common Tubic Alabonia geoffrella (left) and Yellow-spot Tortrix Pseudargyrotoza conwagana (right), Bittering, 15th June

 

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Cllouded Buff (left) and Oak Marble Lobesia reliquana (right), Cranwich Camp, 15th June

 

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Powdered Grass-veneer Thisanotia chrysonuchella (left) and Little Grass-veneer Platytes cerusella (right), Cranwich Camp, 15th June

 

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Breckland Plume Oxyptilus distans (left) and possible Lead-coloured Drill Dichrorampha plumbana (right), Cranwich Camp, 15th June

 

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Cinereous Groundling Bryotropha terrella , Cranwich Camp (left) and Meadow Grey Scoparia pyralella (right), Brettenham Heath, 15th June

 

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Grey Pug (left) and Grey Carpet (right), Brettenham Heath, 15th June

 

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Small Elephant Hawkmoth (left) and Iron Prominent (right), Brettenham Heath, 15th June

 

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Shears (left) and Poplar Grey (right), Brettenham Heath, 15th June

 

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Light Brocades, Brettenham Heath, 15th June

 

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Grey Tortrix sp. Cnephasia sp., Brettenham Heath, 15th June

 

Friday 14th June

A Buttoned Snout was the best moth tonight - three years to the week since my only previous record. A Marbled Carpet sp. showed a distinctly angled underwing bar raising my hopes that it was my first Dark Marbled Carpet, but disappointingly it proved not to be when I saw its upperwing. Totals were Skin Moth Monopis laevigella, probable Hawthorn Slender Parornix anglicella, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Many-plumed Moth Alucita hexadactyla, Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, 2 Common Swifts, 3 Silver-ground Carpets, Common Carpet, 3 Common Marbled Carpets, 4 Green Carpets, 15 Common Pugs, 2 Scorched Carpets, Brimstone Moth, Pale Tussock, Flame Shoulder, Rustic Shoulder-knot and Spectacle.

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Buttoned Snout (left) and Skin Moth Monopis laevigella (right), Bawdeswell, 14th June

 

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Common Marbled Carpet, Bawdeswell, 14th June - how would you have identified this if you'd only seen its underwing?

 

Thursday 13th June

A return to the 2013 norm with just 3 moths tonight (although the light wasn't on for long): Silver-ground Carpet, Green Carpet and Rustic Shoulder-knot.

 

Wednesday 12th June

Not much doing on the patch in a quick look this evening, though 2 Green Sandpipers at Rawhall are getting late.

A few moths tonight included my first ever Triple-barred Argent Argyresthia trifasciata - new to Britain as recently as 1982 but rapidly colonising - it's apparently been common in Norfolk for several years already so a bit surprising not to have seen one before. The rest were 2 Cork Moths Nemapogon cloacella, Bird's-nest Moth Tinea trinotella, 2 Brindled Flat-bodies Agonopterix arenella, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Common Marbled Carpet, 5 Green Carpets, Small Rivulet, Mottled Pug, 6 Common Pugs, Clouded Border, 2 Brimstone Moths and 4 Flame Shoulders.

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Clouded Border (left) and Small Rivulet (right), Bawdeswell, 12th June - a very different-looking Clouded Border to the ones I'm used to seeing

 

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Triple-barred Argent Argyresthia trifasciata (left) and Bird's-nest Moth Tinea trinotella (right), Bawdeswell, 12th June

 

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Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella, Bawdeswell, 12th June

 

Tuesday 11th June

Far and away the best night for moths so far this year with 49 individuals of 16 species. Nothing outstanding among that lot, though several were new for the year. There was Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella, White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, Brindled Flat-body Agonopterix arenella, Many-plumed Moth Alucita hexadactyla, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Common Swift, Small Dusty Wave, Common Marbled Carpet, 3 Green Carpets, Foxglove Pug, 3 Mottled Pugs, Wormwood Pug, 29 Common Pugs, Scalloped Hazel, Rustic Shoulder-knot and Spectacle.

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Rustic Shoulder-knot, Bawdeswell, 11th June

 

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Foxglove Pug (left) and Mottled Pug (right), Bawdeswell, 11th June

 

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Wormwood Pug, Bawdeswell, 11th June

 

Monday 10th June

Popped in to Whin Hill quarry in my lunch break where I found Common Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana and 3 Grey Gorse Piercers Cydia ulicetana. On the way home had a quick look round the patch where the intermittently-present Red-crested Pochard was showing as well as it ever has done (well, to me at least). Moths were more interesting though with 2 Cocksfoot Moths Glyphipterix simpliciella, Black-headed Dwarf Elachista atricomella, my first ever Dark-barred Tortrix Syndemis musculana and a Cinnabar.

Moths at home included Hawthorn Slender Parornix anglicella, Case-bearer sp. Coleophora sp.*, Brindled Flat-body Agonopterix arenella, Flame Carpet, Red Twin-spot Carpet, 2 Mottled Pugs, 4 Common Pugs and 2 Brimstone Moths.

*Update Jan 2014 - the Coleophora is now confirmed by gen. det. as my first ever Grey Rush Case-bearer Coleophora glaucicolella - thanks Jon!

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Red-crested Pochard, Bittering, 10th June

 

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Dark-barred Tortrix Syndemis musculana, Bittering (left) and Grey Gorse Piercer Cydia ulicetana, Whin Hill quarry (right), 10th June

 

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Cocksfoot Moths Glyphipterix simpliciella, Rawhall Wood (left) and Black-headed Dwarf Elachista atricomella, Hell Pit (right), 10th June

 

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Grey Rush Case-bearer Coleophora glaucicolella, Bawdeswell, 10th June - female gen. det. by J Clifton

 

Sunday 9th June

Back to form tonight despite having the light on for a bit longer - just 2 moths: Blood-vein and Scalloped Hazel. I haven't shown many bird photos lately so here are a few I've processed recently from my recent trip to Florida. Still lots more to sort out but I'll have a trip report up eventually!

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Swallow-tailed Kite, Roseate Spoonbill, Magnificent Frigatebirds, Caspian and Bridled Terns, Gray Kingbird, Chuck-will's-widow, Black-whiskered Vireo, Cave Swallow , Northern Parula, Cape May, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Prairie and Black-and-white Warblers, American Redstart, Worm-eating and Prothonotary Warblers and Manatees

Much more where these came from - I just have to find time to sort them all out!

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Blood-vein, Bawdeswell, 9th June

 

Saturday 8th June

The cold windy conditions put me off going along to the mothing event this evening, though I did have my light on for a bit at home as usual. Caught more than I expected which almost made me wish I'd been, though 5 moths is still a disasterously poor total for this time of year and it's only testament to what a terrible year it's been that I was even mildy pleased to see these! They were Common Swift, Garden Carpet, Brimstone Moth, Heart and Dart and Silver Y.

 

Friday 7th June

A little wander down a path near Houghton in my lunch break produced lots of birds, though nothing better than Lesser Whitethroat, and lots of moths (but all the same species, 20+ Cocksfoot Moths Glyphipterix simpliciella).

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Cocksfoot Moths Glyphipterix simpliciella, Houghton, 7th June (on buttercups)

 

Thursday 6th June

Another poor night for moths with just 2 Common Pugs, Clouded Border and Spectacle.

 

Wednesday 5th June

Heard a Cuckoo briefly this evening on the patch at a site where we've not seen or heard them before. A few moths netted too: Bordered Carl Emmetia marginea, Carrion Moth Monopis weaverella, a very pale Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, Red-brindled Dwarf Elachista rufocinerea, 10 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana and Triangle Plume Platyptilia gonodactyla. Once dark the temperatures dropped and there were no moths at all at home.

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Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, Bittering, 5th June - a very pale individual that had me puzzled for a while

 

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Green-veined White, Rawhall Wood (left) and Triangle Plume Platyptilia gonodactyla, Bittering (right), 5th June

 

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Bordered Carl Emmetia marginea, Rawhall Wood (left) and Red-brinded Dwarf Elachista rufocinerea, Beetley (right), 5th June

 

Tuesday 4th June

A lunchtime stroll by Courtyard Farm near Ringstead produced a White-pinion Spotted, along with Peacock and Speckled Wood. At home just 2 Brimstone Moths tonight.

 

Monday 3rd June

Tonight's moths were 2 Red Twin-spot Carpets, 2 Common Pugs, 3 Brimstone Moths and Flame Shoulder.

 

Sunday 2nd June

A tip off about a recent record of Lace Border at Alderford Common prompted me to visit this site that I've been meaning to go to for years. It looked good and I will endeavour to return again soon, but today's visit was marked by bumbling incompetence and a bizarre attack of extreme hiccups that resulted in me dropping my camera twice! The only moths I identified were Common Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana and Hook-streaked Grass-veneer Crambus lathoniellus but there were a number of small moths zipping around which I failed to identify. There was no particular reason why they should have been difficult to catch but through sheer incompetence with the net I made a right old meal of it. Then whenever I got a pot near them another involuntary contraction of my diaphragm would result in me ejecting the moth from the net instead of getting it in the pot! Likewise when photographing them I'd hiccup just as the camera was focusing. Eventually I got one in a pot and decided to abort the visit to avoid dropping my camera any more! When I got back to the car I thought it would be safe to have a look at the moth in its pot, at which time another hiccup resulted in me knocking the lid off and ejecting the moth straight out of the car window. Oh, as for the Lace Border, I don't think I saw any but I suppose a whitish geometer that I saw disappearing into an inaccesible area might conceivably have been the target species - but could equally have been something much less interesting.

After this I headed off to the patch in the hope that the hiccups would stop by the time I got there, which fortunately they did. Here Little Ringed Plover chicks and Avocets were the avian highlights but it was moths that provided the most interest again. Two moths were completely new to me, a day-flying macro, Yellow Belle, and the micro Little Conch Cochylis dubitana. Other moths included Carrion Moth Monopis weaverella, presumed Hawthorn Slender Parornix anglicella, 2+ Horse Chestnut Leaf-miners Cameraria ohridella, White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, Yarrow Conch Aethes smeathmanniana, 9 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana at 4 different sites, Hook-marked Grass-veneer Crambus lathoniellus, Red Twin-spot Carpet and Green Carpet.

Once the sun went down the clear sky ensured temperatures dropped sharply so not many moths at home again - just Red Twin-spot Carpet, Garden Carpet, Common Pug and Scalloped Hazel.

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Yarrow Conch Aethes smeathmanniana (left) and Little Conch Cochylis dubitana (right), Bittering, 2nd June

 

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Yellow Belle, Bittering, 2nd June

 

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unidentified caterpillar (left) and Common Frog (right), Alderford Common, 2nd June

 

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Common Marble Celypha lacunana, Bittering (left) and unidentified moth, Alderford Common (right), 2nd June

 

Saturday 1st June

When I arrived at Cley this morning I couldn't find the group I was supposed to be helping with so I headed off towards Dauke's Hide where I supposed they'd gone. I didn't get far before I spotted them back at the centre, but far enough to glimpse a Grasshopper Warbler in flight beside the boardwalk. We then headed off to look for the Bluethroat that had been found earlier in the morning. We gave it an hour with no show before giving up - most of the group, myself included, would have liked to have seen it but weren't prepared to wait forever! 1-2 Bearded Tits flew by as we were waiting but there wasn't much else to look at. I struggled to show the group much more from the hides - there was remarkably little variety on the scrapes. Avocets are clearly having a very good breeding season - no idea how many pairs there were but in one very quick scan I counted over 50 chicks. Other than that a family of Little Ringed Plovers, complete with 3 tiny chicks, was about the only thing of interest - no migrant waders at all. The cool cloudy weather meant there weren't any insects on show either, save for 3 Drinker moth caterpillars.

This evening I headed off to Weston Park for the Norfolk Moths event. Two years ago the event here was probably the best night's mothing I've had so far but tonight the clear skies and falling temperatures were sure to prevent a repeat of that! Indeed most other moth-ers didn't even bother turning up and my light produced a measly 24 moths of 13 species, all of which were macros. The highlights were my second ever White-pinion Spotted and third Dwarf Pug. The rest were Red Twin-spot Carpet, 3 Green Carpets, Clouded Border, 7 Brown Silver-lines, Brimstone Moth, Common White Wave, Lime Hawkmoth, Great Prominent, 2 Pale Tussocks, Least Black Arches and 3 Nut-tree Tussocks. One young lad turned up with his dad, all the way from Wisbech - hope he wasn't too disappointed. Not sure what else they had - just one more Brown Silver-line that I noticed, with a second Brimstone Moth in torchlight along the paths. Still, I did get to park beneath a Brachiosaurus - not many people can say they've done that! I left the bedroom light on and windows open while I was out, returing to find just 3 Common Pugs.

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Sedge Warbler (left) and Goldfinch (right), Cley, 1st June

 

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Avocet chick (left) and Drinker caterpillar (right), Cley, 1st June

 

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Tufted Duck (left) and Pochard (right), Cley, 1st June

 

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Shelduck family (left) and Gadwall (right), Cley, 1st June

 

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Shovelers, Cley, 1st June

 

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Pale Tussock (left) and Brown Silver-line (right), Weston Park, 1st June

 

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Dwarf Pug (left) and Nut-tree Tussock (right), Weston Park, 1st June

 

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White-pinion Spotted (left) and Common White Wave (right), Weston Park, 1st June

 

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unidentified caterpillar (left) and millipede (right), Weston Park, 1st June

 

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Cockchafer, Weston Park, 1st June

 

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