Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Migrants continued to move through today, although movement was highlighted by passing waders out to sea. An excellent total by midday included the year's first Curlew Sandpiper, three Ruffs, 21 Dunlins, four Purple Sandpipers, two Sanderlings, two Turnstones and a Whimbrel.
There were fewer passerine-migrants around, although three Tree Pipits, four Grey Wagtails, 30 Pied Wagtail, six White Wagtails, 17 Stonechats and four Whitethroats were recorded, whilst over 180 Swallows also moved through.

 Meadow Pipit
 There are still a couple of Sparrowhawks terrorising the local Linnets and Swallows

A good catch of moths overnight resulted in 160 in one of the traps. The most notable species included this Copper Underwing, the first Lunar Underwing of the year, a Heath Rustic, an Anomalous, a Bordered Beauty, four Brown-veined Wainscots and Anania coronata
 Although the external characteristics (colour of labial palps, markings on hindwing, marking on forewing) of today's Copper Underwing suggest it does indeed belong to that species, we cannot be entirely certain due to the difficulty of seperation from Svensson's Copper Underwing
Lunar Underwing

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