Friday, October 02, 2009

Wallcreeper!

Well, a moth that looks like one...



After yesterdays blurred fridge shot of the Red Underwing, here's its passport photo. A camera can't do justice to these things. In flight this morning it was as near as I'm ever likely to get to a Wallcreeper in Northumberland!

I fancied it might be a VC68 North Northumberland first but I was wrong. Its not even the furthest north. That accolade goes to 2 stringy specimens from Lucker, near Bamburgh in 1886. Well its the first modern record and the first photographed!

Its one of my highlights of the year on this patch, even better than the Golden Oriole and thats saying something...

Also in the catch last night -

Spruce Carpet 1
Silver Y 1
Rosy Rustic 2
Frosted Orange 1

This morning 80 Pinkfeet flew south over the house...

4 comments:

Dean said...

By heck, Stewart. You must have been impressed by it, to say it was better than a Golden Oriole. But then again, they are impressive...

Steve Gale said...

I cannot pass this up as a chance to say that not only is Red Underwing on my UK list, but TWO Wallcreepers are as well. I'll bugger off now...

Stewart said...

Dean - I've had a good few Goldy O's but only this one Red Underwing. And it was in my garden!

Steve - I suppose I owe you that one for the New Forest Info you gave me... :)

The only Wallcreepers I've had were feeding young'uns in the Pyrenees. I'm not old enough or southern enough to have one in the UK ! :))

gazza2488 said...

Had one of these at Whickham thorns tucked away in the climbing boulder is was climbing, i got a shock as this beast flew out of my hand hold nearly breaking my neck in the process of flapping about, cracking moth, congrats!