I put the Country Park moth trap out on Sunday night, checking it yesterday morning. Conditions seemed ideal, – no wind, warm and overcast-but the catch was quite small. There were 30 species. Is the peak over ?
After the recent discussion about the identification of Sallow/Poplar Kitten, I was keen to catch another, fresher example. This was duly sitting on the outside of the trap, the separation of these doesn’t seem easy, but I think this one is Sallow Kitten I placed it over the illustration of Sallow in the field guide and it was an exact match, ie smaller than the picture of Poplar.
More straightforward was this Straw Underwing, described as “common “, but this was the first HCPNR record for 20 years and I’ve never caught one in our Fairlight garden.
Other species included Antler Moth, and 2 each of Ruby Tiger and Yellow Barred Brindle.
Unusually, I was able to see calling Crossbills overhead, from the sound I would have thought 1 or 2, but in fact there were 9