Saturday, 14 July 2012

Currant Clearwing!

I visited St Andrews Park on the way to the shops and didn't expect to see anything special. I looked at the meadow area and spotted something sat on a leaf. To my utter delight it was a Currant Clearwing - a nationally notable moth with only a handful of Avon records in the last few years!
Currant Clearwing
Adult and juvenile Blackbird
The birds in the park were impressive too with lots of juveniles suggesting local breeding - young Goldcrest, Dunnock, Greenfinch and Blackbird noted, along with sightings of at least 1 House Martin overhead plus Robin, Chaffinch, Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit, Goldfinch and House Sparrow.

At the station a couple of alarm-calling gulls alerted me to a Common Buzzard flying low over nearby Montpelier Park and gaining height as it was mobbed. Nearby 5 Swifts high over the station.
Buzzard and a couple of gulls

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