16 Sep 18

Portland Bird Observatory, PBO Quarry, Crown Estate Fields and Hut Fields.

A bit disappointing really with just a handful of migrants which included 4 Chiffchaffs and 2 Blackcaps in and around the Obs. In the Crown Estate Fields there were 2 Stock Doves and 3 Kestrels.

In the Quarry just the one Chiffchaff and a family of Great Tits.

Main highlight really was sifting through Martin Cade's moth trappings from last night and raising my hopes with a pair of Ruddy Darters, which turned out to be an adult and immature male Common Darters.

There were a couple of firsts for my Portland Moth List with a Beautiful Gothic (Leucochlaena oditis) and a Black Rustic (Aporophyla nigra). Other moths I managed to ID were Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa), Smoky Wainscot (Mythimna impura), L-album Wainscot (Mythimna l-album) and a Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum).

Not too many butterflies about but there was good quality with a Wall Brown in the Obs Quarry and 2 Painted Lady's in the Obs Garden.

Here are a few images from this afternoon:

Anything you can do I can do better. A Carrion Crow "hovers" above a Kestrel in the Crown Estate Fields.

Two Common Darters...................

........an adult male..........

.........and an immature male.

I know its cheating as this is part of Martin Cade's moth trappings from last night. I'm sure Martin will have a comprehensive list of moths trapped, but here are a few for starters. This is a Angle Shades, Phlogophora meticulosa.

This is a Black Rustic, Aporophyla nigra, my first for Portland

Another first was this Beautiful Gothic, Leucochlaena oditis

L-album Wainscot, Mythimna l-album

Smoky Wainscot, Mythimna impura

Setaceous Hebrew Character, Xestia c-nigrum

Black Bryony, Tamus communis

It is also goes by the names of Lady's-seal and Black Bindweed. And those berries are highly poisonous.