Not sure Gannet could be called rare under any definition as Bass Rock has the world's largest Northern Gannet population & the UK has a population in excess of 290,000 birds & over half the world population.
I find with Silver Y, which is a migrant rather than resident species, the numbers can vary massively year to year. Super abundant some years & relatively scarce in others. Surprised you always find it very common.
They seem to be turning up in some of the suburbs now. Not sure if they've been found in the inner city, but certainly there seems to be a year on year increase. Les Evan-Hill who traps on Wimbledon Common now gets some catches each year along with Dark Crimson Underwing.
First is a blonde female variant of Egyptian Goose-we see a few of these in London-neither hybrid nor juvenile.
Second is a Greylag-possibly with some domestic goose in it, but not a hybrid & no Whitefront in it.
Rather disappointing 24 moths of 9 species in our traps in a west London reserve this morning. Large Yellow Underwing was most common followed by Willow Beauty & Box Moth.
The only other micro was an Acleris variegana.
Pick were a melanic Green Brindled Crescent & Red-green Carpet.
Pinkfeet have a very distinctive call & very different to the various feral species. The date seems okay for incoming birds now & if they are regularly recorded on passage may well have been. Large numbers winter on the coastal marshes of Lincs/Norfolk; the latter being where I regularly...