Birds and moths

Yesterday I walked through Hastings Country Park NR from Fairlight to St Leonards on a lovely sunny morning. I managed to find at least 2 Dartford Warblers, both adults though-the one pictured is a male. Three Swifts flew east along the cliffs, they will soon be gone but today were still screaming over the Old Town and St Leonards.

I had a look at Torfield for White Letter Hairstreaks, no luck and most of the bramble flowers have finished, Comma though.

50 Great Black Backs were in the harbour, and a group of 8 Common Scoters on the sea W of the pier.

On return I went through the previous days micro moths and moth records [no time on Sunday due to Pirate Day jollity], and discovered that a Small Blood Vein I had caught was not on the Country Park list, neither was the tortrix Aethes rubigana. This means that sunday produced 3 new species for the NR, making it by far the best day so far this year.

This morning, as well as another set of tiny moths to sort out, my Fairlight garden trap held a spendid Magpie Moth- a garden first.


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