Bold as Brass

At the risk of duplicating Bob’s information from Thursday, I too manged to see the Reserve’s latest ‘rarity’ as a house sparrow was collecting food just outside the Ivy North Hide, as I was opening up this morning.

House sparrow

Also from the Ivy South Hide, the survival rafts that Bob has put out for just fledged common tern chicks to use, should they be disturbed and fall into the water, were being used by some of the adult birds as a ‘loafing’ area between fishing trips.

Common terns on ‘life raft’

The last time I was on duty I spoke to a photographer who was anxious to add jay to his collection. Had he been with me this morning he could have easily done so as one was steadily working its way around the seed feeder. This bird, or there may be others, has been seen at this feeder on many occasions and has learned to check each of the ports on the feeder to find one with a peanut showing, which it then pinches.  I’m not sure it’s a behavior regularly witnessed elsewhere.

Jay, eyeing up feeder for peanuts

The moth trap has now really perked-up from the somewhat thin pickings of a few weeks ago. even a few days can make a difference in the numbers and species found. Today the most numerous were White Ermine with only a few treble lines, which had been in greater numbers as recently as Thursday.

White Ermine

But with moths the range of patterns and colours is perhaps their most charismatic feature, from the wonderfully understated and cryptically marked types, like this Sharp-angled Peacock,

Sharp-angled Peacock

 through the rather more garish and strikingly marked Light Brocade,

Light Brocade

(N.B. the more sensitive among our readers might be relieved that I decided against entitling this posting ‘ The Charge of the Light Brocade’….) 

and including such richly coloured members as this Pebble Hook-tip,

Pebble Hook-tip

to what must be one of the most stunningly endowed  (and one of my favourite moths) the Burnished Brass

Burnished Brass

In truth, as good as modern digital photography is, it doesn’t really do justice to the amazing iridescence of this moths colouring which positively sparkles in sunlight.

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