Friday, 17 October 2014
Marsh Lane NR
I went along to Marsh Lane NR yesterday afternoon for an hour or so.
My favourite Sallow near the car park is starting to take on a gold tinge.
I spent most of my time in River Hide which overlooks both Car Park Pool
and Railway Pool. Sorry no bird photos - they really are too far away for the 70-300 lens. Sometimes its nice just to sit quietly and watch the ducks, geese, swans, waders and gulls going about their day to day lives and seeing how they interact with each other.
I am not sure how many more butterflies I'll see this year - so it was good to watch a Red Admiral basking on bramble leaves. Could this be my last butterfly sighting of the year? I haven't seen any in the garden recently.
Ivy flowers were attracting honey bees, wasps and this hoverfly - Tapered Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax)
After checking pools through the viewing screens I walked back along the causeway
and briefly visited Car Park Hide - the highlight here being two Common Snipe. I don't usually take the telescope when I visit reserves on my own (its bad enough carrying a camera and binoculars!) but over the winter months I may try and get in the habit of taking it along - the Car Park Hide is only about 50 yards from the car so carrying the 'scope and tripod wouldn't be a problem.
Back at home Common Carder Bees are still being seen on Cosmos flowers.
I haven't put the moth trap out mainly due to rain nearly every night but I did spot this Feathered Thorn - Colotois pennaria - (another new species for the year) on the garage window earlier this week.