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Mon 12th October 2009

Posted on October 12, 2009 at 4:10 PM

birds : With megas appearing all over the place, nothing is happening here. Marais Nord still had a solitary Firecrest but that's been it for the weekend, although it was a very blustery couple of days in general. It is a shame because it feels very rare out there and if I had any time, then I am sure I would be able to find something.

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moths : With a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in the garden and flushing a Clouded Yellow from the 18-yard box during the footie warm-up, I thought it was worth putting the trap out Saturday night. There was quite a good selection despite it being late in the year - especially late for the 2 Dingy Footmen that were caught.

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Blair's Shoulder-knot

 Common Marbled Carpet

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Dingy Footman of the yellow form - or perhaps intermediate as it has a touch of a greyish cast to it

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I also caught what may be my third Sombre Brocade (tenebrosa) - a new species that has appeared from the south in the last few years. I am not at all sure though as this one isn't too obvious and there does not seem to be any one unequivocal feature to check. The species is very similar to Brindled Green (eremita) and differs in being darker and a different shape, but this individual appears somewhat intermediate. It will require more studying I think.

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which one?

Categories: 2009 Autumn