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From the Clifftop

Still very slow as far as bird migration goes, but with the moth trap is doing very well at the moment. Yesterday was particularly good, although it was so windy in the evening before I almost didn't bother. Three good species were The Mocha-a new moth for me, a Northern Rustic, a local speciality I get a few of, and this splendid Dark Crimson Underwing. This was my third example of this scarce/rare immigrant, which was also the first rare immigrant I caught on moving to Fairlight Cliffs. In the picture you can see the diagnostic shape of the black line on the underwing, and the double tooth marks on the upperwing-these seperate this from the relatvely common Red Underwing which I also get here.

This morning another good selection included a male Gypsy Moth, a rare moth in Sussex, either as an immigrant or resident and a new one for me...

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