Had the moth trap out which was the first time in an age it seems due to the weather what with the cold and rain. Only managed 3 moths, 2 Light brown apple moths and this December moth so very disappointing considering the temperature was rising through the night to a barmy 8 degrees 🙂
Had another go for Bearded Tits and Owls but again only one owl was seen briefly not by myself though. Here are a few pictures of what was around. Female Bearded Tit, Red Shank and a few of the 30-40 Avocet on the pond.
Had a few trips out first looking for Purple Hairstreak ovum 2 of us found none in two and a half hours which was a disappointment as we found a few in 40 minutes last year. Also popped back to Farlington Marsh for the owls but Bearded tits showed well. Here is a selection of pics over the days.
First group: Grey Squirrel, Great Crested grebe, Stonechat, Black-tailed godwit & Reed bunting
A selection of Bearded Tits
Had few hours out at Blashford lakes in the hope of seeing the Kingfishers again but no joy from Goosander hide so popped around to woodland hide for some woodland birds and managed a couple of nice pictures, missed the Redpoll but there is always next time . Here are a few species seen on the visit including a brown rat which was clearing up the seeds from the messy eaters (Birds)
Had a morning out at Farlington Marshes in the hope of seeing the Short-eared Owls again but unfortunately they had not been seen for a few days probably due to the very windy and wet weather mid week and it probably made them change location hopefully only temporarily. Non the less still did manage a few pictures regardless of the cold conditions and increasing wind. A first was the seals albeit a long way of but good to see. Kestrels were showing reasonably well but nearly always hovering with back towards us anytime we got close.