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Friday, 1 July 2011

Thrift Clearwing at Deep Point

 Thrift Clearwing caught at Deep Point 

  What a stunning day! The sea was like glass and I stopped by at Old Town Bay to take a shot of the boats on the still water. Almost immediately I could hear the call of a BEE-EATER to my right and it sounded like it was around Old Town Church! Like Sunday, I could not see the bloody thing as it ncontinued to call. Nearby on the airfield, a plane started up and more cars drove past and I moved on as I could hear nothing but motors. This individual has been here now for over two weeks, which is a very long time for this species to stick around. It was heard over the observatory yesterday on St Agnes.
   At Porth Hellick there were 2 Greenshank and the first returning Green Sandpiper.

Adult Green Sandpiper and female Blackcap at Porth Hellick 

Later in the day, I went up to Deep Point and with the net, swept across the grass and heather. After a good ten minutes, I looked into the net for the third time, to see what I had caught, and was pleasantly surprised to see a Thrift Clearwing! I have never seen a clearwing before and after being tipped off by Mick to search this area, I've been trying to catch one in the last few days and at last I was rewarded. 

 Thrift Clearwing

While I was taking this shot of the boats in Old Town Bay, all the time I could hear the BEE-EATER calling to my right near the church!  

Thursday 30th June

  A quick look on the dead pine walk, Garrison, found me looking at the bramble flowers that were covered in bees, when I saw a striking big hoverfly feeding on one of the flowers. Later Martin identified it as a Volucella Zonaria Hoverfly and showed me a female in his garden.

Volucella Zonaria Hoverfly at the dead pine walk, Garrison

Scaeva pyrastri Hoverfly in me garden has arrived from the south

Brussels Lace caterpillar in me garden. Thanks Jowan 

  There were two moth traps working in Mick's garden and a new one for me was a beautiful Pine Tortrix.

Pine Tortrix 

Bedellia somnulentella 1
Celypha lacunana 1

Epiblema uddmanniana 1
Rhyacionia buoliana 1
Chrysoteuchia culmella 3
Pyrausta cespitalis 3
Small Magpie 1
Rusty Dot Pearl 1
Nomophila noctuella 1
Thistle Ermine 1
Emmelina monodactyla 3
Peach Blossom 1
Grass Emerald 2
Riband Wave 1
Common Marbled Carpet 4
Grey Pine Carpet 1
Sandy Carpet 1
Common Pug 1
Double-striped Pug 3
Clouded Border 1
Brown Silver-lines 3
Swallow-tailed Moth 1
Willow Beauty 3
Brussels Lace 1
Buff-tip 2
Buff Footman 1
White Ermine 11
Buff Ermine 2
Ruby Tiger 3
Heart and Dart 23
Dark Sword-grass 3
Flame 8
Flame Shoulder 1
Large Yellow Underwing 6
Ingrailed Clay 2
Small Square-spot 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 4
Nutmeg 4
Bright-line Brown-eye 3
Lychnis 1
L-album Wainscot 2
Shoulder-striped Wainscot 1
Knot Grass 1
Small Angle Shades 1
Dark Arches 5
Dusky Brocade 1
Marbled Minor agg 38
Common/Lesser Common Rustic 1
Vine's Rustic 1
Mottled Rustic 4
Spectacle 2
Straw Dot 1