Saturday, 14 May 2011

It's Not Over Until The Spot Flies Are In

Spot Flies are one of the last summer migrants to pass through the south coast in the spring. So the sight of five flycatching in the fields behind Beer Cemetery this afternoon was both excellent and sad!

They were all in the same area - in fact all five were in this view....

This part was sheltered from the NW wind

And this was the closest of the five

The wader situation in the valley seems to be a bit dire at the moment, despite some superb habbo. Yesterday nine Dunlin and five Blackwits were on Colyford Marsh, with just three of each there tonight....but very little else!

Had a moth trap out last night, and caught 37 moths of 13 species. They were...

1 Ruddy Carpet (photo below)
1 Brimstone
3 Muslin Moth
1 Flame Shouler
4 Shuttle-shaped Dart
9 Heart and Dart
1 Bright-line Brown-eye
1 Light Brocade
1 The Shears
1 Hebrew Character
1 Marbled Minor
9 Treble Lines
4 Vine's Rustic
Only the second I've ever caught in the garden

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