September 2013

 

Monday 30th September

Not many migrants at Thornham in my lunch break: just Redwing and Blackcap (apart from the Migrant Hawkers).

A few more moths tonight including my first Blair's Shoulder-stripe and Yellow-line Quaker of the year, the latter an odd-looking individual. The rest were Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea, Small Dusty Wave, Garden Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet, Light Emerald, White-point, 2 Black Rustics, Lunar Underwing, 2 Barred Sallows, 3 Angle Shades and Pale Mottled Willow.

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Yellow-line Quaker, Bawdeswell, 30th September

 

Sunday 29th September

Had a good look round the patch today, checking all 8 sites carefully. For my efforts I saw Green Sandpiper and a Kingfisher. Fab! Not many moths tonight either: London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Large Yellow Underwing, Brown-spot Pinion and Beaded Chestnut.

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Buzzard mobbed by Jackdaw, Bittering (left) and Migrant Hawker, Creaking Gate Lake (right), 29th September

 

Saturday 28th September

Slightly better for moths this evening, with a couple of species unusual at home Square-spot Crest Hypatima rhomboidella, was the best, and my first here, while Spruce Carpet was only my second here despite being a species I've encountered at quite a few other sites. The remainder were Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla, 3 Small Dusty Waves, Garden Carpet, Red-green Carpet, Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Yellow Underwing, White-point, Brown-spot Pinion, Beaded Chestnut, Lunar Underwing, Copper Underwing and Pale Mottled Willow.

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Square-spot Crest Hypatima rhomboidella, Bawdeswell, 28th September

 

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Spruce Carpet (left) and Red-green Carpet (right), Bawdeswell, 28th September

 

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Beaded Chestnut (left) and Lunar Underwing (right), Bawdeswell, 28th September - most of the Lunar Underwings I see are of the greyer form but this one recalled Beaded Chestnut quite strongly: nice to have the opportunity to put it next to one and compare them side by side!

 

Friday 27th September

Nothing amazing on the moth front this evening: Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla, 2 Common Marbled Carpets, Green Carpet, Large Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Brown-spot Pinion, Angle Shades and Pale Mottled Willow.

 

Thursday 26th September

Much quieter on the passerine front today - I gave the coastal patch a good bashing but only managed to find 2 Redstarts and a couple of Song Thrushes. The field that held the Redstarts can be quite hard work to cover properly but I spent a long time going through it carefully this morning. Unlike someone who turned up this evening (anyone know who?), I didn't see a Corncrake or a Yellow-browed Warbler. A Peregrine provided a good view as it circled over the wood before heading off west.

The sea was busy again - I counted more of the commoner species like Brent Geese, Wigeon and Gannets than yesterday. Seabirds included 14 Great Skuas (10 in one hour so had I watched the sea for longer I might have managed a more impressive count) and a Black Tern.

Once again the only moths flying today were Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana but this evening moths at home were 2 Small Dusty Waves, Red-green Carpet, 5 Common Marbled Carpets, Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, Black Rustic, Beaded Chestnut, Lunar Underwing, Pale Mottled Willow and Snout.

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Red-green Carpet, Bawdeswell, 26th September

 

Wednesday 25th September

Had the day off today so headed up to the coast to look for Yellow-browed Warblers. At first there were just a few birds moving but my first Lapland Bunting of the autumn flew east. A few minutes later presumably the same bird flew back west, this time dropping in briefly along the path close to where I was standing. The calm conditions were good for hearing things which the mist prevented sight of, including Whimbrel, Brambling, Siskins and Grey Wagtail. I then went and duly found a Yellow-browed Warbler as planned. A Yellow-browed Warbler heard calling nearby may well have been a second bird. Other passerine migrants seen this morning included Lesser Whitethroat (of some sort) and Redstart but while all this was going on I became aware that the sea was looking busier. I spent an hour or so watching the sea, during which time I obtained 3-figure counts of Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Wigeon, Teal, Common Scoter and Gannet. Also 9 Grey Herons west overhead (including a flock of 7). All in all a good morning's work, though lacking any real rares. They'll be tomorrow.

A quick look round the patch during the afternoon produced few birds of note but a helice-form Clouded Yellow. Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana seen at several sites today.

Not many moths at home: London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Small Dusty Wave, Pale Mottled Willow and 2 Snouts.

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Lapland Bunting, Sheringham, 25th September

 

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Blue Tit, Sheringham, 25th September - some moving west along the raiilway, maybe local birds but behaving much like they do when they're migrating through (usually in March)

 

Tuesday 24th September

A Green Sandpiper was the only mildly noteworthy bird I could find on the patch this evening but another Common Cosmet Mompha epilobiella, this time at Bittering, was better. Moths at home were Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana, Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea, 4 Small Dusty Waves, Garden Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, 5 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 2 Black Rustics, 3 Brown-spot Pinions, Pink-barred Sallow, Mouse Moth, Vine's Rustic, Pale Mottled Willow and Burnished Brass.

 

Monday 23rd September

Couldn't find any migrants in my lunch break but this Stoat put on a nice show. A not-too-shoddy night for moths again: London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, 3 Light Brown Apple Moths Epiphyas postvittana, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, Small Dusty Wave, Garden Carpet, Green Carpet, 2 Brimstone Moths, Large Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Square-spot Rustic, White-point, Black Rustic, 4 Brown-spot Pinions (a record count) and Snout.

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Stoat (with young Woodpigeon wing), Thornham, 23rd September

 

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Black Rustic, Bawdeswell, 23rd September

 

Sunday 22nd September

Headed down to Lynford again this afternoon to see the Two-barred Crossbills with Dave. Plenty of Crossbills but sadly the target birds failed to appear again. The butterflies were more interesting, especially at one Buddleia in the arboretum. 2 Brimstones were a surprise - don't often see them this late. Also a couple of Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana.

Stopped off at a couple of sites on the patch en route home where I failed to find any birds worth noting - just more Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana and my first ever Common Cosmet Mompha epilobiella.

Despite clear skies and a full moon the evening seemed warmer than of late and consequently it proved to be a better evening for moths. Best was Dusky-lemon Sallow while Privet Tortrix Clepsis consimilana was another relatively unusual second-generation record. Others were Common Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana, Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, 2 Ashy Buttons Acleris sparsana, Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, 2 Narrow-winged Greys Eudonia angustea, 9 Small Dusty Waves, Garden Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet, 2 Brimstone Moths, Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, White-point, Pale Mottled Willow and Snout.

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Crossbill (left) and Brimstone and Comma (right), Lynford, 22nd September

 

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Common Cosmet Mompha epilobiella, Beetley, 22nd September

 

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Ashy Button Acleris sparsana (left) and Dusky-lemon Sallow (right), Bawdeswell, 22nd September

 

Saturday 21st September

I hoped the light southwesterlies would be good for vis mig so headed up to the coast early. A trickle of birds were moving, but it was only a trickle, and nothing really made the effort worthwhile. In fact the best record wasn't a bird at all - it was a briefly-seen and rather distant Ocean Sunfish. This was only the second time I've seen one off Norfolk - they're more frequently seen in the warmer waters off Cornwall etc. Among the few birds were 280 Pink-footed Geese, my first this winter, and a Rock Pipit, the latter equalling my earliest ever date for this species in Norfolk.

I headed out to Creaking Gate Lake to do some mothing tonight, but problems with my equipment forced me to abort the attempt without seeing anything at all. In the meantime a few moths had been attracted to the bedroom light at home: Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, Small Blood-vein, 2 Small Dusty Waves, 3 Common Marbled Carpets and 2 Pink-barred Sallows. The Small Blood-vein was my latest ever, a second-generation individual of a species that usually has only one generation per year.

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Rock Pipit, Sheringham, 21st September

 

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Arctic Skua, Sheringham, 21st September

 

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Pink-barred Sallow (left) and second-generation Small Blood-vein (right), Bawdeswell, 21st September

 

Friday 20th September

The course I've been on in Swaffham this week finished after an exam at 4.15 so I figured it might be worth popping down to Lynford Arboretum to look for the Two-barred Crossbills. As I arrived my pager informed me they were still there but in fact the birds had already flown off - apparently it was the first time they'd shown all day. One Crossbill was on view and then a small flock started to call. I thought I could hear both species in the flock but I couldn't see them until they landed, after which only 2 were on view. They were both Common so after a while I decided to move round to get a different angle but as I did they flew again. I rejoined the guys looking, having only been away from them for a minute or two, and although no-one volunteered the information it became clear from their conversation that they'd been watching a Two-barred Crossbill (for long enough to photograph it) while I was gone! Typical!

Eventually I got bored and headed off for a walk. I expect they appeared again while I was gone as no-one was left there by the time I returned (nor were any Crossbills). Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail were my avian highlights, though lepidoptera were more interesting. A Brown Argus landed in a shrub in the arboretum, presumably to roost, and one of a number of tiny whitish moths flying around was netted and proved to be Willow Bent-wing Phylocnistis saligna. That's the 5th I've seen this year, at the 4th location, which is pretty remarkable given that that those 5 records make up 25% of all the Norfolk records, ever. Surely they must be grossly under-recorded, and probably having a good year as well.

With warmer cloudy conditions I thought there might be a few moths tonight. They had other ideas though - by the time I went to bed all I'd found were 8 Small Dusty Waves. In the morning I woke to the sound of a moth fluttering about in a carrier bag - it turned out to be my first ever Large Ranunculus (with a Lunar Underwing in there with it). Also a Pale Mottled Willow found late the following day.

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Willow Bent-wing Phyllocnisitis saligna, Lynford Water, 20th September

 

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Large Ranunculus, Bawdeswell, 20th September

 

Thursday 19th September

Just a quick look in on the patch on the way home and not much doing. The usual large flock of Greylags at Hell Pit contained a Canada x Greylag hybrid but more unexpected was a flock of 153 Canada Geese on Poplar Lake - at least three times the size of the biggest flock of Canadas I've seen on the patch before so wonder where they came from?

Moths tonight were 4 Small Dusty Waves, Brimstone Moth, Turnip Moth and 2 Large Yellow Underwings.

 

Wednesday 18th September

Common Sandpiper and Kingfisher were still at Bittering on the way home and at Rawhall a Snipe flew over and a nice full-cropped Peregrine gave a close fly-by.

At home a Dark Spectacle was my 3rd here this year, yet only my 4th ever. Also 3 Narrow-winged Greys Eudonia angustea, 4 Small Dusty Waves, Garden Carpet, 2 Brimstone Moths, 2 Lesser Yellow Underwings and Silver Y.

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Dark Spectacle, Bawdeswell, 18th September

 

Tuesday 17th September

A slightly more successful visit to the patch on the way home tonight, kicking off with a Hobby sat on a post eating a small bird. Also 2 Teal at a site I've not seen them at before, and at least 8 Wigeon. Nearby 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher and a Tawny Owl hooting while it was still daylight.

All of 3 moths again tonight: Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea, Light Emerald and Lesser Yellow Underwing.

 

Monday 16th September

Woke up to a singing Chiffchaff and calling Blackcap in the garden. I'm on a course in Swaffham this week so the patch really is on the way home, and I duly hammered it this evening looking for Nearctic waders. No Nearctic waders, and apart from Lapwings not even any Palaearctic waders (probably for the first time since we started watching the patch in March). Nothing else either - the highlight, if you can call it that, was the long-staying escaped Ruddy Shelduck!

Tonight's moths weren't much better: Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea, Small Dusty Wave and Lunar Underwing - at least the last of these was new for the year.

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Lunar Underwing, Bawdeswell (left) and escaped Ruddy Shelduck, undisclosed location (right), 16th September

 

Sunday 15th September

Tonight's moths were Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, 2 Brimstone Moths, White-point, Common Wainscot, Silver Y and Snout.

 

Saturday 14th September

An early start in order to get a seat in the shelter but it was in vain. Four hours effort seawatching at Sheringham in what seemed to be good conditions produced a measly 18 Arctic and 11 Great Skuas plus a single Manx Shearwater. I wasn't convinced it was going to be very good but I did hope for more than that

Although the wind and rain had died down by this evening not many moths arrived: just 2 Narrow-winged Greys Eudonia angustea, Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla, 2 Small Dusty Waves and Square-spot Rustic - and I think some of them may have been left over from the previous night.

 

Friday 13th September

Popped in to the patch on the way home again tonight. Poplar Lake still held the Greenshank, along with Green and Common Sandpipers and 2 Kingfishers. Other sites held another Green Sandpiper and 2 Snipe. At Poplar Lake a moth landed on the car - turned out to be my first Poplar Bent-wing Phyllocnistis unipunctella.

At home I was on the phone to Rob when I noticed the first moth of the night. It was an Agonopterix but not one I'd ever seen before. As if it wasn't enough of a coincidence that two consecutive moths were both completely new to me, Rob started to tell me about a moth he'd seen earlier, an Agonopterix alstromeriana. He hadn't known I was even looking at a moth while we were talking, let alone what it was, but when I looked up that species it was immediately clear that the moth I was looking at was also a Brown-spot Flat-body Agonopterix alstromeriana! Not many other moths: another Common Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana, 2 Common Plumes Emmelina monodactyla, 2 Small Dusty Waves, Brimstone Moth, Light Emerald, 2 Square-spot Rustics, Burnished Brass, 2 Silver Ys and Snout.

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Ringed Plover, Brancaster Staithe, 13th September

 

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Poplar Bent-wing Phyllocnistis unipunctella, Bittering (left) and Brown-spot Flat-body Agonopterix alstromeriana, Bawdeswell (right), 13th September

 

Thursday 12th September

Late out of work tonight so it was nearly dark by the time I paused at the patch on the way home - Greenshank and Common Sandpiper were on Poplar Lake. Tonight's moths were Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla, 4 Small Dusty Waves, Garden Carpet, 2 Brimstone Moths, Dusky Thorn, Light Emerald, Lesser Yellow Underwing, 3 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 3 Square-spot Rustics, Copper Underwing, 2 Angle Shades and Straw Dot.

 

Wednesday 11th September

Another day when seawatching would have been preferable to work, though it seems it wasn't quite as good as some had hoped. It was nearly dark by the time I emerged from work so no seabirds or any other kind of bird for me. The wind had died down by this evening making for a better night for moths. The highlight was a Dark Spectacle, my third here (second this year). It's been my best year for quite a few species, which isn't terribly surprising as I've not been going all that long, but 24 Copper Underwings so far (2 tonight) is quite an improvement on my previous best of 4! Other moths tonight were Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, 2 Light Brown Apple Moths Epiphyas postvittana, Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana, 3 Narrow-winged Greys Eudonia angustea, Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla, Orange Swift, 8 Small Dusty Waves, 2 Garden Carpets, Green Carpet, 7 Brimstone Moths, Light Emerald, Flame Shoulder, Large Yellow Underwing, 6 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 2 Square-spot Rustics and 3 Snouts.

 

Tuesday 10th September

On days like this I'd rather be seawatching than working (actually most days I'd rather be seawatching than working). Fortunately it seems I didn't miss any megas, though tomorrow might be a different matter. The wind and rain wasn't good for moths: just Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Setaceous Hebrew Characters and Square-spot Rustic found tonight.

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Bar-tailed Godwit (left) and Turnstone (right), Brancaster Staithe, 10th September

 

Monday 9th September

A good selection of waders at Poplar Lake with Greenshank, 3-4 Green Sandpipers and Common Sandpiper. At least 1 Kingfisher still present too. Also saw a few Stone-Curlews today, not on the patch.

Headlining tonight's moths was a Common Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana - one that I see often during the day but that rarely comes to light. Also Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea, Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla, Orange Swift, Garden Carpet, Green Carpet, 8 Brimstone Moths, Dusky Thorn, Large Yellow Underwing, 14 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 3 Square-spot Rustics, 2 White-points, 3 Copper Underwings, Vine's Rustic, Burnished Brass and Square-spot Rustic.

 

Sunday 8th September

Spent a good several hours on the patch today and didn't see much more than I saw in 5 minutes yesterday. I heard a Snipe at a site I'd not seen them at before, the Greenshank was still present along with a couple of Green Sandpipers and Kingfisher, and more returning Wigeon were present at 2 sites. A Ground-moss Grey Eudonia truncicolella was disturbed while more typically day-flying moths were 10 Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana and Common Marble Celypha lacunana.

At home moths continue to decrease, but Brown-spot Pinion was my first since 2010. The rest were Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana, Common Marbled Carpet, 5 Brimstone Moths, Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Yellow Underwing, 6 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, Square-spot Rustic, Cabbage Moth, 2 White-points and Silver Y.

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Chiffchaff, Creaking Gate Lake (left) and Brown-spot Pinion, Bawdeswell (right), 8th September

 

Saturday 7th September

I started off with a brief look at a couple of sites on the patch which, given the short amount of time spent here (about 5 minutes each), was quite successful: my first patch Mandarin along with Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher and the escaped Ruddy Shelduck.

I then headed down to Minsmere to meet the group I sometimes help with. It was pretty quiet on the scrapes with Spotted Redshanks and Greenshanks being the most interesting waders and 3 Pintail the best of the wildfowl. Some of us headed up to Island Mere where 3 Great White Egrets were present and a Kingfisher showed well. Not the most exciting day the group has had at Minsmere, but I suppose we can't have everything every time!

Moth numbers continue to diminish: tonight there were 2 Light Brown Apple Moths Epiphyas postvittana, probable Dark-triangle Button Acleris laterana, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea, Small Dusty Wave, 6 Garden Carpets, 2 Common Marbled Carpets, Green Carpet, 7 Brimstone Moths, Willow Beauty, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, 2 Lesser Yellow Underwings, 8 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 8 Square-spot Rustics, 4 White-points, Copper Underwing, Mouse Moth and 1-2 Snout.

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Greenshank (left) and Teal (right), Minsmere, 7th September

 

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Great White Egret, Minsmere, 7th September

 

Friday 6th September

A very quick stop at the patch on the way home from work produced a juvenile Greenshank on Poplar Lake, my first at this site.

Moth numbers are falling now as the nights get cooler - tonight's haul was Bordered Carl Emmetia marginea, Skin Moth Monopis laevigella, Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea, Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis, Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis, Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla, 2 Small Dusty Waves, Garden Carpet, 2 Common Marbled Carpets, 2 Green Carpets, Lime-speck Pug, Double-striped Pug, 5 Brimstone Moths, Flame Shoulder, Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Small Square-spot, 4 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 9 Square-spot Rustics, White-point, Angle Shades, Silver Y and Snout.

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Common Marbled Carpet (left) and Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea (right), Bawdeswell, 6th September

 

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Skin Moth Monopis laevigella, Bawdeswell, 6th September

 

Thursday 5th September

Nothing spectacular among tonight's moths: White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, 2 Garden Rose Tortrices Acleris variegana, Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea, Blood-vein, 4 Small Dusty Waves, 3 Garden Carpets, 3 Common Marbled Carpets, Lime-speck Pug, 10 Brimstone Moths, Shuttle-shaped Dart, 7 Flame Shoulders, 3 Large Yellow Underwings, 16 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 18 Square-spot Rustics, White-point, Common Wainscot, Copper Underwing, Mouse Moth, Rosy Rustic, Vine's Rustic and 3 Snouts.

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Rosy Rustic, Bawdeswell, 5th September

 

Wednesday 4th September

A short walk at Bunker's Hill in my lunch break produced 3 Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana, but little else other than Treecreepers.

At home a Small Birch Bell Epinotia ramella was my first here. 7 Common Marbled Carpets and 16 Setaceous Hebrew Characters were both record counts while 30 Square-spot Rustics levelled the record. Other moths recorded tonight were 2 Diamond-back Moths Plutella xylostella, 2 White-shouldered House-moths Endrosis sarcitrella, probable Common Flat-body Agonopterix heracliana, Brindled Flat-body Agonopterix arenella, 2 Light Brown Apple Moths Epiphyas postvittana, 2 Chequered Grass-veneers Catoptria falsella, Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis, Wax Moth Galleria mellonella, 3 Common Plumes Emmelina monodactyla, 5 Small Dusty Waves, Garden Carpet, 11 Brimstone Moths, Turnip Moth, 10 Flame Shoulders, 3 Large Yellow Underwings, 2 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, Small Square-spot, Nutmeg, Cabbage Moth, White-point, Common Wainscot, Centre-barred Sallow, Copper Underwing, 2 Pale Mottled Willows, Silver Y and 2 Straw Dots.

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Chequered Grass-veneer Catoptria falsella (left) and Pale Mottled Willow (right), Bawdeswell, 4th September - the Pale Mottled Willow seemed unusual with well-marked transverse bars but poorly marked oval and kidney

 

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Small Birch Bell Epinotia ramella, Bawdeswell, 4th September

 

Tuesday 3rd September

A nice surprise this evening came in the form of a Ni Moth. This is an immigrant species regular on the south coast but rare in Norfolk - there are only 10 records. I'd seen one before in Sicily but didn't expect to find one in my bedroom! I think it's the best macro I've had here to date.

The rest of tonight's moths were Bordered Carl Emmetia marginea, 2 White-shouldered House-moths Endrosis sarcitrella, Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis, presumed Four-spotted Obscure Oegoconia quadripuncta, 3 Light Brown Apple Moths Epiphyas postvittana, 2 presumed Dark-triangle Buttons Acleris laterana, Sharp-winged Drill Dichrorampha acuminatana, Many-plumed Moth Alucita hexadactyla, Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea, Small Dusty Wave, Flame Carpet, 2 Garden Carpets, 3 Green Carpets, probable Wormwood Pug, 2 Double-striped Pugs, 15 Brimstone Moths, Turnip Moth, Shuttle-shaped Dart, 4 Flame Shoulders, 4 Large Yellow Underwings, 4 Small Square-spots, 8 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 22 Square-spot Rustics, Angle Shades, Pale Mottled Willow, 5 Silver Ys, 2 Straw Dots and Snout.

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Ni Moth, Bawdeswell, 3rd September

 

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Ni Moth (left) and Silver Y (right), Bawdeswell, 3rd September - to show the size comparison

 

Monday 2nd September

A lot of late evenings at work at the moment mean I'm not getting a chance to check the patch for birds during the week much. At least the moths come to me: tonight's were 4 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, 2 Light Brown Apple Moths Epiphyas postvittana, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, 2 Water Veneers Acentria ephemerella, Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, 4 Common Plumes Emmelina monodactyla, 3 Garden Carpets, Green Carpet, Wormwood Pug, 2 Double-striped Pugs, 20 Brimstone Moths, 9 Flame Shoulders, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, 2 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, Small Square-spot, 4 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 16 Square-spot Rustics, Nutmeg, 3 Common Wainscots, Centre-barred Sallow, 5 Copper Underwings, Rosy Rustic, Vine's Rustic, Silver Y and 2 Snouts. The Copper Underwing count was a record.

 

Sunday 1st September

I didn't get a chance to do any birding today and, to give me some hope of catching up with things, I didn't put the light on either. A few moths still came in anyway: Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, Garden Carpet, Brimstone Moth, Flame Shoulder, Square-spot Rustic, Vine's Rustic and Pale Mottled Willow.

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Pale Mottled Willow, Bawdeswell, 1st September

 

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