Wednesday, 10 June 2015

I Can See Clearwing Now - Lorraine Has Gone

un-bastardised version by Jimmy Cliff
To catch up and complete last weekend's foray with Mother Nature, Dave and I continued on the Moth theme for most of Sunday morning before heading off just a little further afield. We have already had great success here with 'pheromones' taking male Emperor (Moth) on his last visit, now we were going to try for 3 of the slightly more difficult and much smaller Clearwing Family.
LARGE RED-BELTED CLEARWING
took a bit of coaxing but am pleased to report that it was me that
secured the first specimen in Dave's absence - YES!
RED-TIPPED CLEARWING
took all of 5 minute to be lured to the scent, during which time we
also logged the only
 CETTI'S WARBLER
 in the Recording Area this year, plus only the second
LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER
The conventional Moth Traps also threw up some interesting specimens
such as
VESTAL
SMALL YELLOW WAVE
SMALL MOTTLED WILLOW
TREBLE LINES
which unusually had a Central Band rather than a 'line'.
SMOKY WAINSCOT
OBSCURE WAINSCOT
while back in the field
COMMON QUAKER LARVAE
(Caterpillar)
TRAILING SAINT JOHN'S WORT
COMMON CARDER BEE on COMMON VETCH
SMALL HEATH

BITING STONECROP
COMMON BUZZARD
and then came the report that the
Short-toed Eagle
which we saw here the previous day had been re-located.
Such a magnificent Raptor is worthy of a second look so off we went.
There was some disappointment in not finding it but there was
the bonus of a very high flying
GOSHAWK
which is by no means a common species in Dorset.
RED-LEGGED PARTRIDGE
and finally a
video
GOLDFINCH
video
feeding
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