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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The Blues & The Reds + Migrant Moths & Waders

Bluethroat, Winterton South Dunes
 
With Autumn upon us the opportunity to see migrants, both birds and moths, is increasing dramatically. A recent trip to Holme & Titchwell gave some great views of Turtle Dove and various waders including Whimbrel, Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper. Spoonbill numbers were also very good. On the moth side, a trap at Holme Lavender Marsh produced no less than 16 Dark Sword-grass, 2 Bordered Straw and also Crescent Striped and Lyme Grass. The star moth that weekend goes to a Clifden Nonpareil at Titchwell.
Other, uncommon, migrant birds seen included great views of Icterine Warbler and a far worse, five second, view of Booted Warbler. Red-footed Falcon in Lincs. was also a fine addition for the year.
The weekend just gone also produced a fine mix of birds & moths. A distressingly crippled, juvenile male Red-backed Shrike was seen at Salthouse midweek. Its disability didn't stop it feeding though and it went through the local Bees at quite a pace. The weekend proper, started with a very nice, if distant, White-winged Tern at Rollesby Broad on Friday. The Norfolk Moth Group meeting at Great Yarmouth North Denes gave me a chance to see the stunning male Red-spotted Bluethroat and a Wryneck at Winterton South Dunes. The Bluethroat put on one hell of a show but the Wryneck liked a bit of privacy. I photographed a moth which landed between the Bluethroat and the steaming mass of photographers. Not the best photograph but the moth turned out to be a rare migrant, the Vestal.
The trap at North Denes ended at around 23:45 with only around 40 species but included the Red Data Book, Agate Knothorn, N. lineana. Other great moths included Dark Sword-grass, Small Mottled Willow, Coast Dart and Scarce Bordered Straw.
 
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Juvenile Little Stint
Adult Little Stint, Titchwell
 
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Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper
Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, Titchwell
 
Whimbrel, Titchwell
 
Without warning, the plucky Ringed Plover suddenly found itself being sucked down into a wormhole!
 
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Male Bearded Tit
 
Turtle Dove, Holme NWT
 
Dark Sword-grass, Agrotis ipsilon, Holme NWT

 
Scarce Bordered Straw, Helicoverpa armigera, North Denes

Rusty-dot Pearl, Anania feruginea, Titchwell

Vestal, Rhodometra scraria, Winterton South Dunes

Small Mottled Willow, Spodoptera exigua, North Denes

Webb's Wainscot. Globia spaganii, Snettisham
 
Juvenile male Red-backed Shrike. The bird was very badly crippled but had no problems finding food. Perching took a bit of work though.
 
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 Male Bluethroat