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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Why is everybody talking about the BLACK KITE?

BLACK KITE at Holy Vale....  

....And BLACK SPECK over Salakee pines, just above the 2 Herring Gull 

  A quick look at Porth Hellick this morning produced single Whimbrel and Greenshank and 2 Curlew in the bay. At the crossroads I spotted the Buzzard in the large pines near to Porth Hellick House.

  I had only returned to work when Tony called to say that he and Ritchie were watching the BLACK KITE over Holy Vale! Earlier on, the kite was observed flying from Tresco to St Mary's. When I got to Holy Vale, all I saw was a bloody BLACK SPECK! It was circling high over Salakee. It might as well of been the Buzzard! Never mind, I'll get it later in the day when it flies over work. Half an hour later, while I was eating my breakfast in the conservatory, Johnny Si the gardener, knocked on the window and then shouted through one of the many small windows, 'Have you seen the Black Kite' 'A?' He continued, 'Yes, it's at Holy Vale, it is' I shouted back 'How do you know about that?' He was walking off with his belovered wheelbarrow. I finished my breakie when one of waiters came in and said 'Seen the Black Kite' 'A?' In the kitchen and the chief Simon pointed towards Holy Vale and guess what came out of his mouth? 'I'm surprised you've haven't gone to see the Black Kite at Holy Vale' 'A?' Your all taking the piss, I thought. But the thing was, they wasn't. They were all letting me know about it and a few minutes later, driving past the entrance of Star Castle, was Ritchie and Tony. I told them about my experience and they both told me that, just as I left Holy Vale, Johnny Si came around the corner and asked what they were looking at? They told him, but they didn't let on that I was there just a few minutes ago.
  The kite was never seen again after that and one can only guess that it's probably moved on.

Wherever Johnny goes, his wheelbarrow sticks to him like glue. He even takes it to bed with him! Oh no, he sleeps in it!  

No wonder I didn't see it with the directions Martin and Tony were giving me. Can't you see it over those pines? 

Well, at least the Buzzard performed well at Higher Moors 

Overnight, this Diamond-backed Moth was trapped in Mick's garden. List will follow 

Plutella xylostella     1
Celypha lacunana     4
Epiblema uddmanniana     1
Chrysoteuchia culmella     2
Eudonia angustea       2
Pyrausta cespitalis     1
Udea ferrugalis (Rusty Dot Pearl)     3
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Riband Wave 1
Common Marbled Carpet 2
Grey Pine Carpet 2
July Highflyer 1
Common Pug 2
Brown Silver-lines 1
Willow Beauty 3
Buff Footman 1
White Ermine 4
Buff Ermine 2
Heart and Dart 6
Dark Sword-grass 1
Large Yellow Underwing 4
Ingrailed Clay 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Bright-line Brown-eye 4
Angle Shades 1
Dark Arches 2
Dusky Brocade 1
Marbled Minor agg 12
The Rustic 1
Silver Y 1
Spectacle 1
Snout 2
Pinion-streaked Snout 2
The Fan-foot 1
Small Fan-foot    1

Monday 27th June 

  Early in the evening, I checked the two moth traps with Mick in his garden and I got two new species, Dusky Brocade and Thistle Ermine.

2 Dusky Brocade were trapped at Longstones in Mick's garden overnight

Cinnabar Moth 

Buff Footman 

Sandy Carpet 

Peach Blossom 

Smoky Wainscot 

Front on shot of a Peppered Moth 

Thistle Ermine 

Small Bloodvain 

Dot Moth 

Broom Moth 

1  Argyresthiapygmaeella  
2  Epiphyas postvittana
1  Ditula angustiorana
1  Cnephasia stephensiana
3  Celypha lacunana
4  Epiblema uddmanniana
3  Eucosma cana
1  Alucita hexadactyla
13  Chrysoteuchia culmella
1  Scoparia ambigualis
2  Eudonia angustea
1 Garden Pebble
1  Pyrausta cespitalis
3  Small Magpie
1  Phlyctaenia coronata
2  Rusty Dot Pearl
1  Bee Moth
1  Thistle Ermine
1  Homoeosoma sinuella
2  Emmelina monodactyla
3  Peach Blossom
2  Grass Emerald
5  Common Emerald
2  Small Blood-vein
1  Small Fan-footed Wave
15  Riband Wave
1  Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
7  Common Marbled Carpet
4  Grey Pine Carpet
2  July Highflyer
1  Sandy Carpet
2  Foxglove Pug
1  V-Pug 1
12  Double-striped Pug
1  The Magpie 

1  Brimstone Moth
1  Early Thorn
3  Scalloped Hazel
3  Peppered Moth 

25  Willow Beauty
2  Brussels Lace
5  Barred Red 

1  Poplar Hawk-moth
3  Buff-tip
4  Buff Footman
1 Common Footman
24  White Ermine
10  Buff Ermine
1  Cinnabar
16  Heart and Dart
1  Dark Sword-grass
13  Flame
3  Flame Shoulder
7  Large Yellow Underwing
9  Ingrailed Clay
 Setaceous Hebrew Character 

1  Nutmeg
1  Dot Moth
5  Bright-line Brown-eye
2  Broom Moth
1  Lychnis
1  Smoky Wainscot
1  L-album Wainscot
2  Small Angle Shades
1  Angle Shades
5  Dark Arches
2  Dusky Brocade
77  Marbled Minor agg
1  Common/Lesser Common Rustic
2  Vine's Rustic
3  Mottled Rustic
1  Silver Y
4  Dark Spectacle
1  Spectacle
5  Straw Dot
6  Snout
2  Pinion-streaked Snout
2  The Fan-foot
1  Small Fan-foot 

  I've got 5 medium sized Buddlega Bushes in the garden and a few hours later after leaving Mick's, in a NW, I decided to check out what moths were feeding on them. In about an hour of looking, I found there was not a bad selection with 27 species. Two new species that I've never seen before included, a Shore Wainscot and Delicate. 2 Dark Sword Grass and a single Silver Y were worth noting.


Shore Wainscot 

Turnip Moth 

1 Delicate
1 Shore Wainscot
2 Dark Sword Grass
1 Silver Y 
1 Small Fan-footed Wave 
1 Turnip Moth 
1  Brimstone
1  Smoky Wainscot 
1  Snout
1  Dark Spectacle
1  Spectacle
1  L-album Wainscott 
1  Dark Arches 
1  Buff Arches 
1  Angle Shade  
2  Brussels Lace  
2  Scalloped Hazel
2  Marbled Miner
2  Small Magpie
2  Bright Line Brown-eye 
2  Double-striped Pug  
2  Flame 
3  Single-dotted Wave 
3  Straw Dot
6  Heart and Dart 
7  White Ermine 
24  Large Yellow Underwing 

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