However, even more startling was a sighting made near the golf course. Firstly, I heard a deep "cronk" sound and looked up to see a very high bird, large and black with a wedge shaped tail. A raven; a new bird for my parish records. The bird was heading in a northerly direction and due to the hazy conditions a nd having just set the camera for some plant photography, I sadly missed the opportunity to get even a record shot of the bird as it disappeared from view. This record, along with the wheatear one were sent to the county recorder.
The moth trap remains very quiet, apart from a new insect for the year: a nicropholous humanator.
Another red chestnut was also taken in the trap, but all other 20 moths of 4 species were ones that I catch every night.
Yesterday afternoon I popped into visit Wilstone Reservoir at Tring. I was booked to give an RSPB lecture in Oxford and had a few hours spare. Not much to report apart from the expected wildfowl, gulls and cormorants, but a flyby sand martin was my first of the year.