August 2023

A handful of grebes

Today Brenda had to go to Cromer crematorium in the morning and so I got her to drop me at the east bank in Cley (still being covid positive I didn’t want to go into any of the hides and so a walk along the bank down to the beach and back seemed the best …

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A blue underwing

Today started very well (apart from the continuing covid!) with a wonderful moth in the trap – the very impressive Clifden nonpareil, or blue underwing. Brenda has only had this moth once before, in September 2021. Later in the day we managed a short walk at Burnham Overy Staithe. Being a hot and sunny Sunday …

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Approaching 300

I’m hoping to test negative for covid very soon as there is already a good level of autumn bird migration happening: If you’re out and about keep your eyes open as almost anything can turn up almost anywhere. I’m hoping to get a walk out somewhere on the coast tomorrow, and then on Tuesday I …

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The humble turnip

Brenda writes: “It is fascinating how the population in the moth trap varies from night to night. One moth that’s consistently there at the moment is the flame shoulder, but mostly just one per night. There are also nutmegs, between three and six. Then something will arrive that I haven’t seen for a while, on …

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Staycation gardening

Brenda writes: “When is a wildflower a weed? When it’s growing in the wrong place. One of the advantages of our enforced ‘staycation’ is that we’ve had a chance to do some gardening. Our extended wild flower areas have now largely gone to seed. The spear thistle triffid sadly collapsed under the weight of its …

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Definitely white

Brenda writes: “After another busy night in the trap numbers of turnip moths were soaring – seizing first place with 22 moths. It was also nice to have several willow beauties and common wainscot. A pine hawk moth flew in during the afternoon and settled on the house wall overnight and there were two poplar …

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A marbled beauty

Brenda writes: “The trap was busy last night as it was still and warm. There were good numbers of shuttle-shaped dart, turnip and vines rustic but the stars, in terms of numbers, were the lesser broad-bordered yellow underwings, 25 of them! It was nice have a swallow prominent and grey dagger turn up and there …

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A treble-bar returns

Brenda writes: “One good thing about having to come home is that the moth trap is back on and even after only a week away there is a difference in the combination of visitors. There are reasonable numbers of both large and lesser broad-bordered yellow underwings, and straw underwings continue to arrive. White point and …

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Changing seasons

Brenda writes: “Having for years observed wild flowers through the season one of the most interesting aspects are the seasonal variations. Although the general order remains the same, because the British climate is unpredictable, how species combine is subtly different every year. That’s why I so enjoy logging the dates when plants flower. Running a moth …

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Taking stock

In a strange way it’s been rather nice to be in a field on my own! The downside is that I haven’t been feeling great – no energy and slightly feverish – but that’s just the way the covid is taking me I guess. On the plus side a bit of enforced rest is sometimes …

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