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25th July 2010, Sunday

Chalkhill Blue !

I had a good afternoon yesterday recording butterflies in Beckley Woods and to my surprise I found a group of blues amongst which were at least two Chalkhill Blues. Silvery underwing shows dark veins crossing the white fringe, the milky blue upperwing shows broad black margin.
Chalkhill Blue
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25th July 2010, Sunday

Convolvulus Hawkmoth – at last!


I’d seen several Convolvulus Hawkmoths in other people’s traps but never caught one myself, so this 2-inch long monster, dwarfing everything else, was a very welcome sight in my trap in Rye this morning. It’s an immigrant mainly to southern and eastern coastal counties and more often in autumn, the numbers varying a lot from year to year. I’ll release it at dusk, so if anyone wants to see it please phone me today – my number’s in the book!

25th July 2010, Sunday

Rye Harbour Sightings

Highlights this morning included a Little Stint among 97 Dunlin on the Quarry, two Raven over the Beach Reserve heading east early morning and four Common Sandpiper on Ternery Pool. Still a few Avocet with young fledglings on Harbour Farm, while up to 10 Little Tern were present over Flat Beach.