July 7th and we headed off to Bude for 2 nights. The weather was perfect and I had the moth trap out on both nights - I don't like to use the trap 2 nights in a row in the same place but we were only there for 2 nights and the weather was perfect so I made an exception. I had the trap in a slightly different place on the second night and interestingly I did get different moths on each night including a few new species for me - July belle, lobster moth, broom moth, Northern rustic and striped wainscot.
Northern Rustic - plain looking but very smart, one of my new favourite moths
Northern Rustic - a better marked individual
Other wildlife included a hedgehog snuffling around the caravan after dark, a hare, a wasp beetle, common green capsid, my first ringlet of the year and Celtic sea slugs.
Common Green Capsid
Celtic Sea Slug
Bird wise I heard a blackcap and saw and heard chiffchaff and whitethroat. 2 ravens flew over the caravan one morning and offshore I saw a few gannets and Manx shearwaters and a very smart adult summer plumaged Mediterranean gull.
I headed down to Maer Lake on the 8th July to have a look for migrating green sandpipers and I was hopeful I would find one as the water level in the lake is very low with lots of exposed mud. Scanning around I found a greenshank, a redshank and a few roosting curlew. I also found 2 small waders obscured amongst the mud furrows, eventually one revealed itself to be a summer plumaged dunlin and I assumed the second bird was a winter plumaged dunlin. After a few minutes they flew across the mud to feed at the waters edge when I noticed the second bird was noticeably larger than the dunlin and after a bit of puzzlement I realised it was a pectoral sandpiper - greenish legs, unmarked white belly with abruptly ending breast streaking and a short, slightly decurved bill, and in flight it showed similar upperwing and tail markings as the dunlin. It was still present the following day and I had some good views with my telescope and while I failed to find a green sandpiper, a pectoral sandpiper more than made up for it.
The best view of Lundy I have ever had from the clifftops at Bude - despite having been to the Island twice!
Gorgeous sunset from the clifftops at Bude