Despite the returns from the Moth Traps having been a little lack-lustre over the past few days and the elements conspiring to keep it that way, so far the 'extended' weekend has thus far been quite to the contrary.
was again blown in on it to enjoy 2 nights (extended) Mothing here.
There were to be more visitors later in the day making it something of a small
As if waving a magic wand, Dave first pulled out of the trap
and soon after another addition
Running 7 traps was taking quiet some time even though 'returns' were a
little low, but we were about to experience the perfect
Suddenly, the local Swallows started alarm calling which is an alert to
us humans to start looking for the Bird of Prey causing them to
irrupt in this way.
Looking to the heavens it wasn't long before Dave was pointing out
catch a thermal taking it even higher.
slowly disappeared from view.
Next stop Africa??
Returning to the traps there was nothing else to add to either List
but there were a few very nicely mark Insects among those yet to sort.
with dark patches on the fore-wings and a
which is a Micro.
By noon all the traps had been emptied and over a cup of coffee some of the photograph editing had also been completed, so it was agreed that we continued our search for more Orange Balsam the food plant of the 'rare' Balsam Carpet Moth. Walking the banks of the River Stour a few new shoots of the plant were found, but what came next was both a Great Delight marred by a deal of frustration. Kingfishers are a part of daily life here with never a day passing when one isn't seen or heard. While it is known that they breed along the 'beat' that passes the farm getting concrete evidence is difficult to say the least. 2 or 3 had flown past during the first 500 yards of our walk but then a kerfuffle among the reeds brought hopes of seeing young birds. We didn't have to wait long as one
colour contrast looks great don't you think?
As it departed it was almost immediately replaced by an adult and a
the latter not being at all put off by our presence.
and a little further along some sort of 'harvesting' was underway.
This had attracted the attention of a number of Gulls, Carrion Crows, a Kestrel and this
which had chosen an old Tool Shed as a perch making it visible above the grass line.
We then disturbed c2
showing themselves only briefly.
Close to the Pheasant Pens there is a small pond which I have only
visited a couple of times before, and there we found endless amounts of
I feel a Trap move coming on!
one of 2 still on Parley Pond.
With the arrival of long standing friends Paul and Annie Harris(right)
and it's safe to say there will never be a party at Slight Return II without
Hugh, Janet and yes alright Flipper!
I have had to write this part of the account of the week-end events quickly
as we are running out of ink, but please look out for Part II in the none too distant future.