Thursday, October 01, 2009

October highlights so far...

What a month this has been so far.

All one day of it. This morning I took Bunty for her walk and had 32 Barnacle Geese circling the coast path followed by 54 Pink feet S.

This evening we walked her down the coast from home to the Howick Teepee and back. A very brief glance at the sea with bins had a tight group of 4 Pomarine Skuas, all adults, N at half distance. Superb. Then on our way home 13 Whooper Swans coasted south at what I find is an early date for them.

But the icing on the cake is not feathered.

One moth so far in the trap on this cool evening but its a huge, pristine Red Underwing, my first ever. An absolute belter too, up there with the hawkmoths I reckon. Photos tomorrow...


Edit - I cant resist it, one snap from the fridge door. Note Branston Pickle is not its usual food...

4 comments:

Bennyboymothman said...

Congratulations on your first Red Underwing.
I had several last year....but its getting later and later and i've yet to see one this year.

Yuk! Branston

Dean said...

Some nice sightings there, Stewart.

Yep, Red Underwings are a cracking species, in both size & colour.

Warren Baker said...

What does the wife think of moths in the fridge Stewart. I know I wouldn't get away with it!!

Stewart said...

Bennyboy -I think I'd rather eat the moth than the pickle :)

Dean - Tremendoues. I was expecting a Large Yellow Underwing with red wings. They are nowt like that!

Warren - Oh she doesnt mind, as long as the moth is ok. I've had a Lesser Whitethroat in the freezer for 2 years now, maybe its time it went...it'll be dead.