Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Tea or Mothee?

Been away walking the East Highland Way last week. I’m now back in on the action and this is what’s been seen at St Abb's Head over the last few days.
East Highland Way Wildcamp
Noticeable movements of waders have been evident with an almost constant stream of Curlew moving south over the reserve. 4 Dunlin were on Bell Hill on the 26/8 and 4 Greenshank were at Millar’s Moss yesterday 27/8. A single Ringed Plover went south this morning and a Pectoral Sandpiper was reported on the 24/8.

A small fall of common migrants at the weekend brought 4 Pied Flycatcher as well as Tree Pipit, Spotted Flycatcher and about 5 each of Chiff and Willow. This morning 28/8 several Wheatear were fresh in, as well as a Whinchat in the walled garden and a single Pied Flycatcher by the Loch. Also 11 Willow Warbler.

Butterfly numbers are beginning to decrease now with only 4 species recorded on the transect this week. Still good numbers of Small Copper and Wall Brown as well as the White species. The flowering Privet has also been attracting an impressive number of Small Tortoishell and Peacock. No Clouded Yellow… yet.

Small T
Small Copper
Wall on wall
A nice first for the reserve came in the form of a Least Yellow Underwing on Monday. First recorded in the borders in 2003 it has been spreading north and is now recorded frequently from coastal sites. Unfortunately the little bugger flew as I was photographing it so this is all I have.
Least Yellow Underwing

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