Moths: April 2022

Saturday 30th Ditto, ditto. Although the temperature stayed above the dizzy heights of 8.3°C the moths were not impressed and there were just five- two Common Quakers and singles of Oblique-striped,Shuttle-shaped Dart and Powdered Quaker.   Friday 29th Weather – ditto, moths not ditto. There were 21 of 16 species. This included the first Pinion-spotted Pug and Poplar Hawk-moth for…

Moths: March 2022

Wednesday 30th Another overcast night, this time with drizzle, kept the catch to 36 moths of 10 species. For the first time Common Quaker outnumbered Hebrew Character ten to nine. Two Early Greys were the first since last week. With strong winds and sleet forecast the trap will be kept inside for a few days. Tuesday 29th A return to…

Moths: February 2022

The Kent Moth Group have a new revamped website https://kentmoths.org/ It has lots of new features including maps and details of flight times. Give it a look.   Thursday 17th Two Tortricoides alternella in The Elms were our first records since 2011. Wednesday 9th Another, and possibly the last chance for a few days, night when conditions were mild for…

Moths: January 2022

Tuesday 4th Although there has been an amazing run of mild weather it has been too windy and/or wet to run the trap. However, last night it seemed as if there would be one relatively calm evening before the colder air sweeps in. The temperature did not fall below 8.1°C and there were four moths in the trap – two…

Birds: April 2022

Saturday 30th Singles of Hobby and Marsh Harrier were both working the Estate and a Siskin flew over the Observatory carpark. A few Whimbrels and Bar-tailed Godwits were present, either offshore or on the fields near Restharrow Scrape. A Common Sandpiper was on the scrape itself and a Grey Plover on the beach. Three Wheatears were south of Sandilands and…

Birds: March 2022

Thursday 31st A Swallow on Worth was our first hirundine of the year. A few flocks of Siskins were around the edge of the Great Wood and Cornfield Wood and the White Stork was still present. Two Firecrests were in The Elms. All before the weather took a turn for the worse… Wednesday 30th A drake Garganey was a nice…

Birds: February 2022

Monday 28th Worth marshes felt lovely in the light breeze and spring sunshine. More and more birds are beginning to set up territory, it was pleasing to hear the Reed Buntings singing from the ditches and hedgerows and the Lapwings were displaying in the fields. The White Stork was seen originally in flight over Willow Farm but relocated to the…

Birds: January 2022

Monday 31st The conditions offshore were perfect with great visibility to the horizon and a strong northerly wind. Despite this there was not a great deal moving through except a handful of Red-throated Divers, Gannets, Auks, and Kittiwakes. A Black-throated Diver north past the offshore might be the same one seen on four occasions in the last few weeks. Two…