Archive for March 10th, 2011

10th March 2011, Thursday

Oak Beauty steals the show


All day this fresh Oak Beauty has been resting on the wall above my moth trap in Rye. I get one or two of these every spring but they’re still rather special. It’s quite large, over 3 cm across, and the strongly feathered antennae show this one’s a male. As the name implies, it’s a species of mature broadleaved woods, especially oak, and not really a garden moth at all – I think mine come from the wooded cliff-line above Military Road. There were just 11 other moths – 6 Common Quaker, 3 Small Quaker and 2 Hebrew Character, a typical March catch.

10th March 2011, Thursday

Castle Water

A Spoonbill out from the hide was a nice find this morning at first light, and made a good addition to the Bittern, Little Egrets and Grey Heron that were also there. Good numbers of Shoveler are still present around the site with 180+ (including birds on Ternery Pool and Harbour Farm). Another nice find near the hide on the Tuesday was a superb Cheilosia grossa, this early hoverfly was attracted to a white plastic bag during sunny spells, which made it easy to see. The emerging willow catkins over the next few weeks will be a good source of food for early flies and bumblebees and will be a good place to search.