Tuesday, 18 July 2017
The warm weather over the last couple of days has brought many Insects out onto the wing . Good numbers butterflies noted with 14 species seen most days , also Common Darter can be found with at least twenty noted around the pool in the top wood. A good selection of Moths , Hoverflies and Damselflies are putting on a good show as well .
Posted by Steve Seal at 05:28
Thursday, 13 July 2017
Shaded Broad-bar is a moth that's now flying at the mere it can easily be disturbed and observed as you walk through the grass especially around the north east corner . Myself Jack Swan and Steve Hind our Micro Moth county reorder are collating a list of species that have appeared at the site. Images below are of one of the Shaded Broad-bar moths seen today.
Posted by Steve Seal at 11:20
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
A nice fresh second generation Holy Blue photographed this afternoon along with a few moths that were disturbed from the grass. Aslo noted sixteen Small Skipper a single Comma several Ringlet and Gatekepers.
Posted by Steve Seal at 09:30
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Decided as its gone quiet bird wise to have another look to see what insects are on the wing this time of the year around the mere. Good numbers of Ringlet still with around 14 individuals noted along with a fresh looking Holy Blue obviously second hatching . Also noted Comma , Large and Small Skippers , Red Admiral , Large and Small White , Gatekeeper and plenty of Meadow Browns. Five Common Darter were on the wing along with a female Broad Bodied Chaser and really good number of Common Blue Damselflies around 50 plus. A nice looking Hoverfly which I managed to photograph but as yet unidentified and a new moth at the site for me a Blackneck , and two Six Spot Burnet Moths.
Posted by Steve Seal at 14:18
Tuesday, 4 July 2017
Todays seventeen Common Scoter is the largest flock ever recorded at the mere . There were Eight drakes in March 1996 , then five females and two drakes in October 2012 , and all records before and after those dates have mainly been singles . Below are a couple of my images from todays flock which spent most of the day sitting tight in the middle ,except on the odd occasions when they flew around the mere .
Posted by Steve Seal at 11:07
Seventeen Common Scoter,s found by Andy Goodwin this morning on the mere a record amount for the site with eleven females and six drake's . The birds are still present this evening @ 17-30 . Attached below is an excellent image of all seventeen in flight captured by Dave Kelsall .
Posted by Steve Seal at 06:16
Monday, 3 July 2017
Eleven species of Butterfly were noted on a short walk at mid-day along with good numbers of Common Blue Damselflies and five freshly emerged Common Darter and a single Southern Hawker . A few moths were also seen which included Common Emerald , Burnet Companian , Straw Dot and many unidentified small Micro,s .Andy Goodwin texted me earlier to say there was a Common Sandpiper on the northern shore that's the fenced off area that the fishermen use.
Posted by Steve Seal at 13:39