Swift performance

The bird of the last couple of days, in my book at least, has to be the swift, of which there have been at least a couple of hundred screaming overhead, particularly over Ibsley Water, over the car park and over the tree’s along Ellingham Drove.

I have yet to see one, but hobby are being sighted at different times and in different places across the nature reserve.

A grass snake ( a decent sized one too) was seen yesterday in the pond area for the first time – in one of the usual spots on the large log at the back.

Large red and common blue damselflies are both now on the wing, albeit in small numbers.

I had high hopes for the moth trap last night – but despite the complete absence of rain for the first time in a while a combination of wind and relatively low temperatures kept them at bay. I recorded what was there though:

flameshoulder

common wave

muslin – two of these beauties!

pebble prominent

lesser swallow prominent

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