Thursday, 9 June 2011

Wembury 4th June 2011

A mini-heatwave going on so I headed out to Wembury, arriving at 09:30 and by 10:30 it was sweltering hot, it felt like the walk on the hillside in Santurtzi, North Spain, on the Company of Whales trips we used to go on until the ferry route was axed. I came home at 13:30 and was quite glad to be heading home and into the shade as it was so hot and still.

I had the moth box out in the garden overnight and prior to leaving for Wembury I had a nice Figure of Eighty amongst the moths, a new moth for the garden.
Figure of Eighty

First stop at Wembury was the toilet block which held a few moths including 2 new ones for me, a Maidens Blush and a Small Blood Vein. Moth of the day though was a Hummingbird Hawkmoth seen feeding on flowers along the path by the wheatfield but it was there one minute and then gone the next.
Maidens Blush

Small Blood Vein

Bird wise it was quiet with a whimbrel amongst the oystercatchers roosting on the rocks at high tide being the highlight. Also seen were 2 shelduck, a little egret, a grey heron and the usual whitethroats.

Butterfly wise my first meadow brown of the year was seen along with a green hairstreak and large skippers. Six spot burnets were on the wing. Best insect was a Green Tiger Beetle on the footpath at HMS Cambridge which gave excellent views and is the first I have seen at Wembury.
Green Tiger Beetle

That evening we headed off to a hog roast to celebrate the 40th birthday of Lisa, a friend of Davids. The address was Underlane so we headed off on the bus to Plympton only to find out that it was Underlane at Plymstock, neither of us realising that there was an Underlane at Plymstock! Still the hog roast was delicious and spending £9 for a taxi between the 2 Underlanes was soon forgotten!

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