Awesome August....well it was for me!

 August seemed to fly by, but there were plenty of sights to be seen and some signs of movement as the month drew to an end.
 There had been an abundance of butterflies in our garden, some days we had what seemed just Painted Lady's everywhere and some really fresh condition ones. But it's nice to see some different species get a look in now and again, Peacock's looked stunning in the sun along with the Red Admirals, nearing the end of month a Brimstone flew through the garden, always a welcome sight as it's normally the first one you see on an early spring day.
Migrant Hawker
 This Migrant Hawker held, and still is, territory over the neighbours garden as well as ours.
The patterning on the underside of the Painted Lady butterfly is very intricate and lovely, as is I think on the Red Admiral. 
 Painted Lady
Painted Lady
 The Swift numbers started to dwindle as they passed over the garden, heading back south to Africa and bringing on the end of summer, I will sit for ages just watching these masters of the skies zip back and forth at speed, and I'll be eagerly awaiting their welcome return.
 Common Swift
 Common Swift
Lesser Whitethroat
 Along the clifftops I watched 3 Lesser Whitethroat, and in off the sea came a pair of Hobby, I had been noticing Hobby quite frequently and throughout August I watched them chase Swifts and House Martins, what an aerial combat they were. I also watched one Hobby mixed in amongst a loose group of Black Headed Gulls catching insects on the wing with them.
Lesser Whitethroat
 I also noted Peregrine passing over the garden on a number of days, presumably ones from the Cromer Church brood. Buzzards were in good numbers, upto 8 soaring overhead at a time.
Pied Flycatcher
 During the last week of August there was a noticeable movement of passerines, with reports of Pied Flycatcher all over the place I kept an eye out, I had seen them before from the back garden in the trees behind so it seemed a good place to start and low and behold one indeed showed as it fed amongst the tree canopy. But that was just the start of it, I continued seeing at least 6 Pied Fly's around the house, along with a Redstart on a couple of days August had definitely ended well.
Pied Flycatcher 
 Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher 
 Pied Flycatcher
 Pied Flycatcher

Mothing through August was exceptional, not only did I add to the year list on nearly every trapping but I also added a few new species I'd not seen before, as the month came to an end it was the same suspects on the last trap and nothing exciting, but I hope to still get new additions to the year and garden list through September. The 2019 Year List now stands at 181 Macro moth species.
 Frosted Orange
 Tree-Lichen Beauty
 Flounced Rustic
 Bulrush Wainscot
 Tawny Speckled Pug
 Toadflax Pug
 Copper Underwing
 Old Lady
 Dark Swordgrass
 Six-striped Rustic
 Rosy Rustic
And my favourite moth trap of all, finally I got a Garden Tiger.

A productive July brought in plenty for the garden.

Buff Ermine
July was still predominantly a insect month, there was a small amount of bird activity with a couple of Whimbrel passing over, a Marsh Harrier heading east and a lot more Swifts in the air. On one day I witnessed a pair of Hobbies teaming up against a small bird, trying to force it towards the other to prey on, one Hobby gave up whilst the other was lost to sight heading out to sea still chasing the bird. There was a lot of butterfly activity and plenty of new moths in the garden. This Buff Ermine moth above displayed a set of markings I had not seen before, depicting a elegant moustache was quite fitting for me to catch I thought.
Small Skipper
The garden was awash with butterflies most days, at the beginning of the month there was a large movement of white butterflies, when Wimbledon was on the previous year the same thing happened and then during the second week there were hundreds of small and large whites moving along the coast, a lovely sight to see.
If you get the chance to see a Gatekeeper up close before it flies, you can pick out the 2 white spots in the black marking on the underside, there were a lot feeding on the marjoram in the garden and the bramble hedges were awash with them, and they can be very territorial to a favoured feeding area, chasing away other larger butterfly.
 Large White
Every so often the Hummingbird Hawkmoth would visit the garden, favouring the verbena scattered around, I never get fed up with watching these.
 Hummingbird Hawkmoth

 Among the many Large and Small White butterfly I saw just this one Green Veined White, easily recognisable when feeding with wings folded.
One of the first butterfly of the Spring to see are the Brimstone, a welcome sight to the garden, It is commonly believed that the word 'butterfly' is derived from 'butter-coloured fly' which is attributed to the yellow of the male Brimstone butterfly.
The jagged edges of the comma's bright orange wings are a giveaway. The name comma butterfly derives from the small white 'C'-shaped marking resembling a comma on the underside of its wings.
 Meadow Brown
The Meadow Brown is larger than the similar Gatekeeper but notice the single white dot on the black marking as opposed to the Gatekeeper's two dots.
 Small Skipper
 Southern Hawker
This Southern Hawker dragonfly was resting up on bramble early one morning along the lanes, you will see these and other species patrolling up and down a territory hunting other insects, flight times is from the end of June right through to October.
 Poplar Hawkmoth
The moth species started to dramatically increase in the garden, I had many new 'year ticks' and a few brand new species for the garden list, Hawkmoths were in decent numbers on some nights and always a delight to see in the trap the next morning.
 Silver Y
This Silver Y is also regularly seen during the day in gardens, deriving it's name from the Y pattern on the wings.
 Barred Yellow
There are a lot of colourful species of moth, definitely not a boring sight.
 Elephant Hawkmoth
Speaking to a friend, it was discussed how there seemed to a lot of Elephant Hawkmoths that were very much under size resembling a size more like a small elephant hawkmoth!
I too found a Poplar Hawkmoth which appeared a lot smaller than normal.
 Buff Arches
The Buff Arches has a real intricate patterning on the wings, a stunning moth really.
This weird looking moth gets it's name from the buff coloured patch at the end of the wings, it rests up and looks just like a broken birch twig.
 Bordered Pug
This Bordered Pug was a welcome new species for the garden.
 Common Emerald
Looking more like a butterfly the Common Emerald is a stunningly coloured moth.
Another new addition for the garden and my first one ever.
 Leopard Moth
This is a very easily recognised moth with its 'wooly' head and black spotted markings.
 Lesser Swallow Prominent
I have been getting Swallow Prominents in the garden but not the Lesser Swallow Prominent pictured above, a sort after addition for the garden and very similar to the closely marked Swallow Prominent, but the whiter marked wings and larger white triangular patch on the upper corner of the wing set it apart.
 Large Emerald
Very similar to the Common Emerald, this Large Emerald is just as beautiful and the largest of the emerald moth species.
 Bird's Wing
I love the name of this moth, and my first ever.
Barred Straw
This moth is identified due to its unique resting posture with the forewings held extended and covering the hindwings.
So a busy month with the winged insects, August should start to see more birds beginning to move and still more new moths hopefully for the garden.