Two thirds through October and the season is still capable of coming up with nice surprises. This first-for-the-year, a handsome Large Wainscot, flew in last night and slumbered in what was a rather damp and unwelcoming trap. It has a beautiful latte colour with an extremely modest helping of chocolate sprinkles, and the great advantage for the ID-challenged like myself of being much larger than all other, often confusingly similar, wainscots.
The species likes reedbeds and we have plenty of those round here, traditionally used for thatch. Penny and I came across a nice example of this on a walk on Sunday - the cricket pavilion at Barton Abbey, whose macabre weather vane was perhaps designed to strike fear into visiting teams.
Other arrivals, shown in order: a Brown-spot Pinion, an immigrant Blair's Shoulder-knot, a Red-line Quaker and a pallid Sallow. All this plus the usual contingent of Black Rustics, Lunar Underwings and ever more-battered Large Yellow Underwings keep the morning pilgrimage to the trap worthwhile.