Thursday, 2 April 2020

Double-striped Pug and daily walks

Double-striped Pug, Gymnoscelis rufifasciata
Last night I had the first moth of the year on our balcony, a Double-striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata). The earliest I have recorded this moth is 25 March (2019) and the latest 19 October (2016). Hopefully I'll get more species from now on. Although I saw moths flying in the woods before the lock-down, they only get drawn to the balcony light when there are sufficient numbers on the sea frontage (we are 150 metres from the sea) and it is not too cold and is windless.
 Every morning we watch Chris Packham's daily 9am broadcast from The New Forest on Facebook. This is on his  'Self-Isolating Bird Club' and is co-hosted with his step-daughter Megan. She is becoming a new wildlife broadcasting star - knowledgeable and enthusiastic like Chris. They have great guest appearances from Chris' contacts in the nature world.

I have been posting our daily walks on my Facebook page:

Here is one photo from each of the days so far:
26 March, Lighthouse
27 March,beach huts
28 March, Littlehampton Wave
29 March, seafront shelter and stage
30 March Lobb's Wood
31 March, Mewsbrook Park
1 April, Oyster Pond

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