Ed and I were just about to pack it in for the day when a call from Mark Thomas (thanks!!) lead to an excited steam north to the RSPB Lodge.
on arrival we learnt that the bird was seen 15mins ago...we waiting 2 hours to no avail then drove back home... an early start was is order as we weren't going to miss this!!
as the first people the Loge in the moring we got back our front seats in the hide and waited patiently untill a massive flock (c30) of common crossbill flew into view and sat right at the top of an oak tree....there it was!! A stunning female two-barred crossbill!!
I got a rubbish photo compared to some but a return visit may be order and I'll be hoping that she feels thirsty...
I have started making a mains powered MV moth tra and tested out the electrics for the first time last night - WOW!! I have forgotten how bright MVs are. Just need to get the box fuly made and then tst it out in some nice muggy conditions!
still using my 15w portable actinic heath trap:
last night's catch was better still with 7 individuals:
1 - Hebrew Character 1 - Emmelina monodctyla 1 - Dotted Boarder 2 - Common Quaker 2 - Clouded Drab
here a few pics from the lodge and my catchings;
Common Quaker:Yellow Horned Moth (it looks like a sleeping cat in the last one):Un-IDed catterpiller:Early Grey:Frog (not caught in the trap!!):Arty Zebra Spider: Cheers,
Hello and welcome to my blog.
I'm Dan Trim and birds are my primary interest but I also enjoy local moth trapping/recording and all other aspects of the natural world.
I don't only watch nature but attempt to photograph what I see and a portfolio can be viewed on my flickr, linked from this page.
I have a degree in Biology and currently work in medicinal drug development.
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