Wednesday, 8 July 2015
The good run of local birds continued on the 3rd with a Squacco present on the river Ouse at Southease. Needless to say the presence of a rare, and indeed my favorite white heron, resulted in a short car journey and walk in blistering sunshine to see the bird perched in reeds before flying to the bank of the main river. I was reminded on site that the last gettable Squacco in Sussex (that I also saw) was in 2000! On the patch the flashes have dried out though the Yellow Wags are still very active with both pairs on Down on the morning of the 4th. Also on the 4th the patch contained my first Common Emerald Damselfly of the year pictured above, along with numerous Variable Damsels, and whilst looking for Odonata I came across a plethora of the reed beetle Donacia versicolrea, 3 of which are pictured. On the mammal front a Brown Hare was walked up near the flashes, unfortunately it is difficult to avoid disturbing the Hares at this time of year as they are often close to the footpaths in knee high grass. They are far easier to observe in spring when they can often be watched feeding, washing, and occasionally boxing, at distance and downwind.
So finally to the moths which have surpassed expectations since my last posting with new macros' and micros' a plenty! Best night of the year yet numbers wise, was the 3rd of July with 49 macros' of 25 species and 38 micros' of 11 species, including a new macro species in the form of Common Lutestring. New macros' for the year on the 3rd were as follows: Common Wainscot, Double Square-spot, Fan-foot, Straw Dot, Sycamore, Treble Brown-spot, and White Ermine. The micros on the same night included 3 new species for the garden - Argyresthia cupressella (Cypress Tip moth) , Eucosma campoliliana (pictured above left), and Monopis crocicapitella, as well as first records for the year of Argyresthia goedartella, Endotricha flammealis, and Yponomeuta evonymella (Bird-cherry Ermine).
And finally too flowers, which I am guilty of neglecting. The Flowering Rush pictured right is a particularly attractive and striking plant of the levels and is seemingly in more places this year than last, which cannot be a bad thing. The Cut-leaved Crane's-bill pictured left is a much smaller and daintier flower that I struggled to identify until JE gave me the heads up. Tame botanists are few and far between!