Saturday, 9 October 2010

Martins, Mandarins and a Marvel

I had hoped for some migrant moths in the trap this morning, although the catch was quite good, it lacked migrants. There was one of my favourite species though, the first Merveille du Jour of the year.
I was collating the records for the last quarter for the BTO challenge and this lead me to keep a tally for the day. All in all I saw seventy-three species on the reserve today, including the great white egret next to the Goosander hide, where there was also a goosander.
Also at the Goosander hide there was a brief gathering of cormorant, but they never started fishing.
Other birds today included a few sand martin first thing, perhaps up to forty, a good number for this late in the year, also a few swallows. The 4 mandarin duck were still on Ivy Lake, a total of 10 goosander flew out of the roost, there was also a report of a pair of speckled teal. On Ibsley Water a green sandpiper, a common sandpiper, 3 dunlin, a juvenile female peregrine, an adult common gull, a total of 4 yellow-legged gull and 15 Egyptian geese.
A raven flew over making regular rolls and an adult male kestrel hovering near the Goosander hide was an unusual sight, they are rarely around the reserve these days.
Conditions continue to be good for fungi a couple of pictures below, although I have no idea what the species are.
The upper one was beside the path to the Lapwing hide, the one below on the edge of the lichen heath.
The sun did eventually come out, although it was never less than warm, it was very dull. There were good numbers of migrant hawker flying. Other insects were a red admiral near the Centre and a male vapourer moth flying near the Lapwing hide.

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