In 1991 I had been at a trade show when the Shetland Sandhill Crane turned up. In 2009, I had been in Australia when the South Ronaldsay bird arrived on Orkney.
News of the adult Sandhill Crane on mainland Scotland gave the potential to see a much wanted blocker. 18 hours after news broke, John Clements and I were watching a Sandhill Crane at St Combs - job done!
Adult Sandhill CraneSeen feeding at 70-80 metres range, the bird was feeding in recently harvested cereal crops. It seems that the bird has actually been around 6 days already as a visitor to the RSPB's Loch of Strathbeg reported a crane last Saturday....
A very late evening trip to Wittenham Clumps resulted in very little being caught in the woodland. Moving to the rough grassland area produced a lot more moths with an occasional highlight. Moth of the night was a Tissue - new for me.
Decided to pop out for a wee bit of moth trapping.
I had initially thought this was a White-point, based on size, shape, markings and clear circular white mark (it didn't have a black belly so was a female whatever spp), then I thought Clay. Now, thanks to expert help, I'm settled on White-point (Thanks to Martin Harvey for the comments).
Lots of Common Wainscot
Rustic spp aggregate - picture taken to compare shape with Suspected, caught in Scotland a couple of weeks ago. Epiblema foenella
Decided to take advantage of the warm night and take the MV light out to the woods - caught flippin loads of moths in the few hours I was out, nearly all Large Yellow-underwings and Square-spot Rustics!
Amongst few highlights were this 'brown phase' Rosy Rustic
Grey Pine Carpet
Tawny-speckled PugChinese CharacterSpectacleOak Hook-tipChequered Fruit-tree TortrixCarcina quercanaEarlier in the day I snapped a few Heather Ladybirds that my gov'ner had found