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From the Clifftop

A walk through the Country Park to Hastings yesterday produced a high count for me of 17 Wheatears, of which 10 were together at the top of Warren Glen, but not too much else. Today there was virtually no evidence of bird migration, but 50 Gannets and an Arctic Skua were at sea.

I contunue to get migrant moths, including a Ni moth a few days ago, and this splendid Convolvulus Hawk this morning. This  was my second this year, but new for me , at the opposite end of the size scale,  was the 4mm long Coptotriche marginea, a common bramble leaf miner. An attempt to photograph these two species together failed as the tiny one made off.

We grow chillis in our greenhouse and these have been suffering from ragged holes, inspection revealed small green caterpillars, we couldn't find these as garden pests, but Mike Mullis suggested Bright-line Brown-eye -a moth I do trap here. They fit the illustrations of this caterpillar when they grew larger, so mystery solved.

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