WELL NOT QUITE BUT....It may have been easier just to refer the reader to the Post of 1st June 2016 than write this preamble, as the dreary, wet, windy and none to warm conditions were more or less the same. Also similarly was the desire to add a species or 2 to the 'ongoing' Month Bird List and there were a couple in prospect. However, not to be neglected was the usual delight, even in drizzly conditions, of checking the Moth Traps. Before arrival there was an early hunting
in the low light directly above Slight Return II,
while literally 'first out of the trap' was a
First For the Year
and later a
Although caught a number of times during 2016 thus far
has not features as an image to our memory.
A Hoverfly which appears to have no vernacular name and not all that common.
Returned to our 'patch' on the final day of June, after an absence of 10 days, this
was found on the Irrigation Pond rather than on the usually favoured Gravel Pit.
There was no sign of it there yesterday but was relocated later on the GP.
There too was just a single female
where the day before a seemingly lone male had been, but the desired hope of a
'hat-trick' reaching the log was scotched, at least for now, by the absence of the
This was the moment things started to get very thin on the ground
with this pair of mating
being the most of interest (yawn) over the following hour.
and a male
feeding young on the Heath.
Not wishing to give up on the afore mentioned Wader a second visit
was made to the GP where there had been some changes.
The Little Grebe was nowhere to be found while the male
had broken cover, but still no sign of our target!
The 'last ditch' effort was a return to the IP where, there at the far side was a
we could dry our legs now, the Hat-Trick was won!
The latest from the Trail Cameras was also rather underwhelming