A marvellous disappearance

Brenda writes: “It was much colder last night and there were just three moths; turnip, large wainscot and a really beautiful merveille du jour with a very dark cross-bar. I tried to get it to sit on a leaf so I could take a nice photo of it but it dropped into the grass and …

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…but it pours!

Brenda writes: “Yesterday it poured continuously until about 8.30pm and then was noticeably colder. I didn’t have high hopes for the moth trap but there were 10 moths of 8 different species. We had a conservation open day at St Nicholas in Wells, following on from two days of visits from local school children. Our …

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Which mo(n)th am I?

Brenda writes: “I got rather wet emptying the moth trap today and so was surprised by just how many moths there were: 13 species, including a silver y, which I haven’t seen for a while. There was a beautiful satellite in the white version and one new moth, a November moth, which does not restrict …

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A small white point

My only bird sighting today was as I was saying goodbye to a colleague after a rehearsal at the house: I heard, and then saw, a mistle thrush fly over. Ah well – one bird was better than none! There were four moths in the moth trap today; a large wainscot, a beaded chestnut and …

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Finding a red line

I just had time a for a brief foray down to the pools east of Wells this evening, with Storm Babet threatening – though in fact it’s not due to get really windy here for a couple more days. It was quiet: plenty of teal and a variety of gulls, along with the usual selection …

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Sunset starlings

I went again to Cley this afternoon: I suppose I’m hoping that something particularly exciting will turn up out to sea, such as a skua, and Cley is one of the places close by where it’s easy to get to the shore. Sadly there was nothing unusual today, and there were generally fewer birds passing …

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A significant absence

I took another late afternoon walk along the East Bank at Cley today – it’s becoming a bit of a habit! There wasn’t as much on the sea, though I did see several gannets, a lot of razorbills and four red-throated divers. Sea-watching is tricky when the wind is strong as the amount of swell …

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Tails barred and black

This afternoon I went over to Titchwell to see what was around: Somehow this reserve never disappoints, and indeed almost the first bird I saw was a kingfisher doing a brief fly-past! I ended up seeing 33 species in just a couple of hours, which isn’t too bad. There were ruff, redshank, black-tailed godwits, golden …

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A windy Cley

Mid-afternoon today I went over to Cley and walked the East Bank to the beach again for another spot of sea-watching. Unlike my previous visit the weather has now turned somewhat and today it was cold and very windy on the beach. I did manage, however, to see more Manx shearwaters, alongside – as before …

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Wainscots large and small

Brenda writes: “Despite overnight rain again there was a better night in the moth trap. It was nice to see another angleshades, and alongside 6 large wainscots was a common wainscot which is about a quarter of the size. As the day went on the weather deteriorated and by the time I met tomorrow’s wedding …

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