Birds, Moths and a Cranefly

It was too windy to look for migrants in the country park this morning, so I spent 90 mins seawtching at Rock-a-Nore instead. There was a steady movement of seabirds moving west , presumably to a suitable feeding area nearby. Most unusual was a Ist summer Little Gull, Ive only seen two there before. 40 Gannets, 100+ Cormorants, 5 Sandwich and 5 Common Terns, and 6 Common Scoters also passed by.

Back in Fairlight there were plenty of moths in our garden trap, notably the first garden record of Buff  Footman, amongst the “bycatch” of other insects was this large and striking Cranefly Tipula maxima which Ive not seen before . Apparently it has the largest wingspan of any British fly; this one seems to be carrying small orange parasites


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