Sightings update…

Given the recent brief spell of southerly winds it was expected that one of two migrants may appear in our area.

On Saturday a male Blackcap sang briefly at Toad Holes beck. Then on Sunday 5/4 possibly the same bird moving S/W dropped in at Raw Nook NR. Sunday in fact was a good day for spring butterflies at the site.

There were 3 Comma , two of which were probably males as they were dueling on the ground next to a probable female, two Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.

The warmer evening on the 5/4 produced a nice selection of spring moths at Caldene fields including 6 Hebrew characters, 3 Common Quakers and a single Small Quaker.

Today 6/4 at Raw Nook NR a male Blackcap was in full song . I also decided to try my pheromone Lure to try and attract a male Emperor moth. Sadly I had no luck with the lure. It is probably a long shot as the moth whilst favoring heathland tends to prefer a slightly higher altitude including moorlands. But never say never I will try again and again during the spring.

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