Wednesday 17th July 2015.
The Scallop Shell with an Elephant Hawk-moth.
Yesterday, Georgie, the owner of the Cottage we are staying at, kindly offered to let me trap overnight using her garden, which, incidentally is beside a nice looking Copse and large garden and also next to nearby fields. Though it was drizzly and damp again this morning, it certainly paid off with the moths as I finally recorded as figure of 190 moths of 71 species. This included my first ever Scallop Shell within the box. I also had a good list of ‘new for the year and also some interesting micros.
Along with the superb Scallop Shell, there were also Maidens Blush, 5 Elephant Hawk-moths, 2 Plain Golden Y, Fan-foot and Small Fan-foot, 2 Double-spot Rustic, 3 Shaded Broad-bar, 2 Red-necked Footman, 1 July Highflyer, 1 Brussels Lace, 1 Phoenix, 1 Small Mottled Willow, 1 Lychnis, 1 Blood-vein, 3 Marble White-spot, 2 Ferns plus singles of Eusosma coma and Agrolampates micella, which were new to me.
After a couple of hours sifting through them and showing them to Georgie and her son John, I packed up and made my way back to our Cottage for breakfast. There were some interesting birds within the woodland while I was checking the box, which included a couple of Siskins, a Bullfinch and a Nuthatch. The Yellowhammers were singing in their usual spot down the lane.
Pale Mottled Willow.
After breakfast, we made our way to a friend of Georgie’s house, which was set deep within the North Cornish countryside near a small village called Trevethy. What a difference a day makes, as the song goes, as the weather went from overcast and drizzly to bright and sunny with light winds. At last, the real Cornwall in the sun! We met up with a lovely chap called Michael Stephens, who gave us the directions along a river through the woods to see the waterfall at St. Nectans Glen. Though we paid a small fee to see the waterfall, it was worth looking at plus, there was a couple of Grey Wagtails to look at and several butterflies too, which included a couple of Commas and a Silver-washed Fritillary. There was no sign of the Dippers, which I hoped would be around, but to be fair, there seemed to be a constant stream of people walking along the very wet footpath and as Michael said, they were best viewed early in the morning.
Grey Wagtail near the Waterfall.
One of two Commas on the Buddleia.
After a welcoming cup of coffee in Michael’s house, we made our way to the Café and farm shop at Pentargon for lunch and then a nice walk along the cliff top footpath. The food was superb and with a couple of Peregrines entertaining us overhead, whilst having our lunch outside overlooking the superb countryside, what more can one ask for?
The cove off Pentargon.
One of the Grey Seals in the Cove.
Later seen swimming under the water.
The walk down to the cliff footpath was enjoyable as the sheep and cattle entertained Becky. Just a short way along the cliff footpath, we saw at least three Seals in the water down below in the Cove. They all showed well at times, poking their heads out of the water and one very pale individual, we could see swimming under water. A little further along, I found my first ever Scarlet Tiger moth sat in a gorse bush. Being so close, I managed to get a few decent shots of it through my Bridge camera.
My first ever Scarlet Tiger moth.
A male Kestrel over Bossiney.
Our last stop today was to be the Coastal footpath at Bossiney. I have never been here before although Becky has done in the past. We paid the very small parking fee and parked up to walk down to the coastal footpath. On the cliffs below, I picked out several Kittiwakes and Fulmars, while overhead, among the several House Martins, a male Kestrel was seen hovering over the grassland. Good numbers of Meadow Browns were present along with the odd Large Skipper, but not a great deal else; however, so typical of north Cornwall, the views on such a sunny day, were amazing.
This fantastic photo of the Dipper near Michaels house was kindly emailed over to me from the man himself.