Monday, 9 April 2012

Norfolk tick

With the weather looking utterly awful for bank holiday Monday, Ruth and I decided that watching Gladiator until 1am would be a good idea. As a consequence we arose a bit late, it wasn't raining so we thought Winterton may be a good place to have a walk, during breakfast waxham turned up a Hoopoe and Serin so we headed that way instead.
As we got there the Hoopoe showed well, giving Ruth a UK tick (199) and me a Norfolk tick (302). Unfortunately after about 3 mins the bird flew into the bushes and then headed all around the small crowd giving good flight views before heading North (it did return later). We then headed North too where we watched the seals, had a brief look at the sea and then headed back once the rain started to set in. Behind the house on the camp site we found a female Black Redstart along with at least 2 White wagtails which were also new for the year.
Nice to get out to the coast today, I wasn't expecting a gap in the rain so good to get some bonus birds too.

two micros found me this week, one on my car window and one on the bathroom window, 1 reason to always have a pot handy!
I believe they are Calybites phasianipennella and Phyllonorycter rajella, anyone agree or disagree ??


  1. Fantastic!
    Great shots of these micro-lepidopterae!
    The first one I have no idea, but the second one looks much like "Alabonia geofrella" that you can see here on my blog but without absolute certainty. I could just help you find the proper ID!
    I hope it helps!

  2. Thanks Noushka,

    Alabonia geofrella is a cracking moth, unfortunately this one is not said species, this one is about 4mm long and within the Phyllonorycter family, about 10 species that all look very like the photo above. I have settled on Rajella for now due to the amount of Alder in the area it was found and the likeness of features.
    Thanks for the comment,