There were good numbers of moths in the traps today, over 300 of 70 different species, this included 2 new for the year a really nice Waved Black and the rarer Clay Fanfoot. Other moths included Small Angle Shades, Clay, Large Emerald and Dwarf Cream Wave. My run of seeing Purple Hairstreaks continued today as one was attracted to a moth trap in the woods! I took a quick picture before letting it go.
On the birding front, raptors were better represented today with both SPARROWHAWK and KESTREL recorded and Stephen adding COMMON BUZZARD a little later. Whilst watching the skies a couple of single CORMORANTS flew east and south respectively, a HERRING GULL went north and a single SWIFT went south. A small gathering of SWALLOWS, 8 in all, whizzed around the office and restaurant buildings and the TURTLE DOVE could be heard somewhere near the bridleway. A bird that has been scarce here this year is RED LEGGED PARTRIDGE, one flew low over the hay meadow this morning. There were 3 GREY HERONS loafing around again today and for the second time in as many weeks I thought I heard a Yellow Wagtail call just once but once again I couldn't pin it down and it didn't call again!
Apologies for no photos, I'm having a few technical problems!!