Wednesday, 7 April 2010

first few moths and Sandwich Terns are back

Today was a relatively quiet day doing many things away from reserves. I did manage to see 2 Whimbrel, 32 Sandwich Terns (good to see them back!) and a Wheatear while unlocking the hide so I suspect there was more to be found on a better inspection. The wheatear (poor pix attached) looked fairly interesting, on first look it seemed it was a male but the lack of grey back seemed a bit odd, also there was much pale fringing to the flight feathers, Phil and I were musing with the idea that it could be a male with retarded post juvenile moult or possibly a female greenland type...any ideas?
I put the moth trap on for an hour in the garden last night and managed the first few (countable) moths of the year- Engrailed, Common Quaker, Hebrew character, diurnea fagella, Agonopterix alstromeriana and an unidentified tortrix. A fairly solid start considering it was just 1 hour and it was fairly chilly.

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