Thursday, 16 November 2017

Busy...

Busy, busy...no time for blogging...some photos from the last few weeks...but not getting out much lately...Hawfinch invasion passing me by...can't win an argument at home because every time I get close they play the 'Shetland' joker...etc etc.
The Red Admiral is having a great year - I saw one at Wareham station this morning but this one on Ivy was taken last weekend at Middlebere
Kingfisher at Lodmoor
An obliging individual
Always brightens a dull day
A long-staying Lesser Yellowlegs at Lodmoor 
The second I have seen this year in Dorset....
...after another long staying bird at Lytchett last winter
Avocet are returning to Middlebere in numbers
A Middlebere Merlin put the waders to flight
A dashing male
Rare to get such a good view
Yellow-legged Gull also at Middlebere
Like the Merlin it was intimidating the waders

Sunday, 5 November 2017

House-bound

Since returning from Shetland I haven't been out much - penance for all that time away from the family - but being house-bound has meant plenty of time to road test a new moth trap: a dinky, portable little number from Anglian Lepidoptera Supplies. My small urban garden, surrounded by street lights, badly over-grazed by guinea pigs and under-managed by their owners, never looks too promising for moths, but periodic trapping sessions over the past couple of years suggest otherwise. The latest visitor lured by the light last weekend was one of the most attractive - the Merveille du Jour, an exquisite creature highly sought after by moth-lovers. Stand by for more house-bound highlights in the coming days and months...
Merveille du Jour
A beautiful, cryptic moth

The caterpillar feeds on oaks
I took this in full sunlight which brought out the colours nicely

Another smart moth attracted to the new light was this Black Rustic