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4th ANANIA VERBASCALIS Moth for Scilly

24th August 2022

Chris Lewis trapped this 4th Scilly record of ANANIA VERBASCALIS MOTH overnight at Watermill

On his first night of moth trapping, Chris Lewis trapped a Striped Hawkmoth overnight at his digs at Peaceheaven, Watermill. Two nights later, he only went and trapped the forth ANANIA VERBASCALIS for Scilly! Just after 21.00 this evening after kayaking from Tresco, it was while I was chatting to Chris at Peaceheaven that a vocal Wood Sandpiper flew SSW. Graham Cunsdale had the the third Scilly record of Anania verbascalis at Trenowth only last moth! However, on St Agnes, Mike Hicks caught a single, 19/8/95, new to Scilly and Cornwall at the time and another 22/7/96.


This is only my fifth Scilly Striped Hawkmoth

And it’s been a few years since I ‘ve seen one of my favourite moth, Peach Blossom

Before I twitched the mega moth, it turned out to be an awesome day. Mid-morning and I got a pleasant surprise when I heard a Great Spotted Woodpecker at Porth Hellick and located it very briefly in the pines before flying off. Later in the afternoon, I came across a Hoopoe in fields at Telegraph just before you the bungolows on your right coming from the Porthloo junction. There were also up to 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap and small numbers of Willow Warbler in the area.

It’s been over two years since the last Great Spotted Woodpecker was on Scilly. So I was kinda of pleased when I turned up this individual at Porth Hellick and just managed to get a record shot before it disappeared

A few hours later, I came across this Hoopoe at Telegraph and was my first autumn discovery as all the others I’ve found have been spring jobs.

Nearby, I had up to 4 Spotted Flycatcher

And 5 Blackcap

And including Porth Hellick, up to 20 Willow Warbler

With smaller numbers of Chiffchaff

Later on in the garden there was this fresh Coma Butterfly

Holly Blue

And a Mother of Pearl

As both the Red-backed Shrike from yesterday and Pectoral Sandpiper from two days ago, were still present on Tresco, I kayaked across after work and just before 19.00 I had connected with both species. The Pectoral Sandpiper in front of the Swarovski hide with 3 Wood Sandpiper and a few minutes later after seeing the pec, the Red-backed Shrike distantly in the fields opposite to the entrance to the hide. Not much time to look elsewhere before I returned home but the Abbey Pool still held up to 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Green and 4 Common Sandpiper and only 12 Dunlin compared to the 56 I had on Sunday.

The Pectoral Sandpiper showed well in front of the hide until a very noisy Redshank spooked it and flew further away to continue feeding.

Out of the 3 Wood Sandpiper on the Great Pool only two them showed off in front of the Swarovski hide

But the Red-backed Shrike in fields opposite to the entrance of the hide stayed distant and I just got this record shot before it disappeared.

Last week on the 18th, I spotted the Icterine Warbler in the east pines again from my window and was able to get these images after dashing across the field to get a little closer to the warbler.

The following day, as thought, I had 2 Spotted Crake on Tresco Great Pool. This individual at the SE end….

and this individual very briefly distantly feeding to the west on the opposite side of the David Hunt hide

Some 5 Sedge Warbler performed well at Lower Moors in the week

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Author: Kris Webb 10

I love to throw sticks at trees! I also can’t get enough of music! I also blog about my observations on Scilly and wherever I go around the world and what’s sometimes on my mind. I’ve visited over 30 countries and some more times than once. I’ve worked and volunteered in Nepal, USA, Peru, Gambia, Costa Rica, 3x Australia, and refugee camps in Palestine The profile image is one I took while in Palestine of a brave Israeli holding high the Palestinian flag in front of the Israeli Offensive Forces during protests in Belin

6 thoughts on “4th ANANIA VERBASCALIS Moth for Scilly”

  1. Hi Spider. From my records, 1 verbiscalis caught 19/8/95, new to Scilly and Cornwall and another 22/7/96. Nice to know another has turned up but might be a 3rd for Scilly unless anyone else has caught any. When I saw your post I thought I had caught 2 so looked. Nice to know the brain cell still works at times! Cheers Mike.

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