Tuesday, 27 September 2011

The View Opens Out

Bird News: Ibsley Water - wigeon 41, dunlin 1.
Ivy Lake - wigeon 21, Cetti's warbler 1, water rail 1+, kingfisher 2+.
Rockford Lake - black tern 1 juv. (reported).
The moth trap was busy even if the species were unremarkable, still I remain hopeful of good things in the next few days. There were several caddis-flies though, these are tricky to get pictures of as they are so flighty, but I did manage one shot, not sure of the species though.
Most of the day was spent working with four volunteers opening up sight-lines from Ivy North hide and putting some wood preservative on the hide. A bit more work to come on Thursday then we should be done in that area until next year. I will put up some before and after shots when we finish on Thursday, if it were not for the volunteers keeping any decent view from some of the hides would be difficult, plants will insist on growing!
I am pleased to say that both of the raft spiders are still present on the Centre pond, despite the nearest and largest, having been a bit alarmed by pond-dipping children on Sunday. It is not quite so close now but at least it is still there.

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