Eyed (top) and Popar Hawkmoth
Mick was checking the last moth trap when I arrived at his house this morning. There were 40+moths in the trap and the highlight for me was an Eyed and Poplar Hawkmoth. Mick traps these two species, now and then, but the last ones that I saw was a few years back, also in Mick's garden.
Eyed and Poplar Hawkmoth trapped overnight in Mick's garden
Later in the evening with Robin, we had a look at Porth Hellick. Here at the crossroads there was a single Swift feeding with good numbers of 45+House Martin and 30+Swallow As we walked through the entrance, a Turtle Dove starting purring to our left. Nothing at Salakee, so on my own I continued on to have a look at the airfield and found that there were still 6 Wheatear present.
I have had this damn Tick sucking blood out of me for the last few days. Held and squeezed the flat part of it's body that was sticking out and with a twist and turn, it was in my palm of my hand dead, or so I thought. For a few seconds it just lay therebefore it started crawling over my skin! This time it was not getting any more blood from me and I let it go in the grass nearby.
Here's some of the other moths that were caught in the moth trap in Mick's garden. I will identify them all when I find time.
Small Angle Shades
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Chryscteuchia culmella a grass moth (pyralid)
This one I found in my house