A fine selection of highlights from Castle Water this morning a Bittern gave flight views from the viewpoint, 2 Green Sandpiper and a drake Garganey were out from the hide. Two male Downy Emerald gave close views patrolling sheltered bays along the footpath north from the viewpoint, Brimstone, 3 Common Blue and Small Heath were also along the path. Grasshopper and cricket nymphs were plentifull in the long grassy areas, Mottled Grasshopper and Roesel’s Bush Cricket were particularly pleasing in miniature form. A Dark Arches moth caterpillar crossing the footpath was a nice find, they eat the stems and roots of various grasses and the adults are one of the commonest moths recorded as adults on the reserve.
Roesel’s Bush Cricket nymph