Sunday, 20 July 2014

`Mirror` Open Day

Lade - 0700hrs - muggy, cloudy, misty - A good night for moths with 40 species in the garden trap, although Drinker was the only newcomer for the season. Kids love moths, particularly the big `uns like hawks and tigers, and this morning I had a nearly 4 year old assistant to help with the identification...

                                Moth assistant



                                  Marbled Green
                                        Smoky Wainscot

                                 Least Carpet

A Whimbrel went south down the coast calling, along with a couple of Yellow Wagtails, as we walked over towards the pits. Today was a `Mirror` Open Day and already there were plenty of folk en-route to the swing-bridge where OL and staff were on hand to guide and inform.
All the usual wildfowl on the lakes, plus two Common and one Green Sandpiper on south lake. A family of Green Woodpeckers showed well on the causeway and young Reed Warblers seemed to be everywhere. Despite the gloomy weather conditions there was much insect activity around the ponds with hundreds of damsels and brown butterflies drying out following last nights heavy rain.
Judging from the amount of cars parked hereabouts I would estimate that by mid-afternoon several hundred people had visited site, before the rain set in.

                                Lade `Mirrors`

                                   Green Woodpecker, juv, Lade

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