Saturday, 18 March 2017

Back Home - Mothing and Birding

Wednesday March15

Twenty four hour notice for Greg, via Sharon, then the moth group. The prospect was too good to miss.
Cranwich Heath at 10.00, Sharon would set out three traps overnight,  in a secret location, hoping for a couple of Brecks specialities.The catch arrived in Sharon's car, the eight of us who could make it, hovered expectantly. We were not let down. A total of 11 Barred Tooth-stripe moths was astonishing - and a tick - for all present. One had to be photographed in the pot, so that it could be returned to its site.

We also added Mottled Grey to the Norfolk list. Also trapped: Pine Beauty, Dotted Border, Small Quaker, Double-striped Pug,Yellow Horned, Clouded Drab, March Moth, Chestnut and Engrailed. We missed Small Eggar at NT yesterday.

Best of all.....
As we stood chatting in the Cranwich Heath car parking area, a male Goshawk flew low directly overhead. My best views ever. K had heard Woodlark earlier but it was not seen.
A flowering tree near the park, had Red Admiral, Peacock, Comma and Small Tortoiseshell feeding. Brimstones hastened by throughout our stay. Lovely.

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