Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Re: Presumed Pale Pinion

I'm pleased to say that I belatedly rejoined the Pinion club last night with my first sighting of one since 2010 here at Westcott, Bucks.  The differences between Pale Pinion and Tawny Pinion are laid out quite clearly in the Waring, Townsend & Lewington field guide.  I had a Pale last night, whereas Steve Goddard (see his earlier post) had a Tawny the night before.  Photos of each appear below, and I've highlighted the diagnostics for Tawny on Steve's picture (a black bar from the forewing outer edge running parallel to the leading edge; a dark central thoracic crest).  Dave Wilton

Pale Pinion, Westcott, Bucks 18 March

Tawny Pinion, Wolvercote, Oxon 17 March

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