Not many birds but lots of moths!

by A warbler a day

This week I haven’t seen many species of birds on my travels across Hampshire. The most interesting birds seen was a Spotted Flycatcher and a Kingfisher by the River Itchen north of Shawford and a couple of Stonechats in the New Forest. Even today around Rooksbury Nill it was pretty quiet, though it was pleasing to see the return of the Little Grebes with 1 diving regularly at the northern end of Barlow’s Lake. However there have been plenty of moths about, particularly last night on a Bat and Moth event held by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust near Headley. I saw 56 species including such beauties as Centred-barred Sallow, Flame Carpet, Ruby Tiger and Canary-shouldered Thorn. Before gathering round the moth trap we went for a short stroll with some bat detectors and found Common and Soprano Pipistrelles and Noctules. Though the latter were heard but not seen.