After the exciting weather we experienced last week the weekend was a welcome surprise. Lots of people took the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and good weather, including many visitors to Blashford Lakes. Saturday was relatively busy with a photography course taking place during the day followed by Bob’s leaving bash in the afternoon. Thank you to all our volunteers who came along and made it such a lovely occasion- I think we gave him a good send off! And I am confident that no one left hungry! On Saturday morning the great white egret was spotted fishing on the northern shore of Ibsley Water. All other wildlife sightings were the usual; siskin, nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker and the bank voles were seen from the woodland hide and the lakes are starting to feel a bit busier and sound a little noisier with coot, gadwall, tufted duck and wigeon chattering away. Down in front of Ivy South Hide there were swarms of whirligig beetles whizzing around on the surface of the water and glistening silver in the sunlight.
On Sunday I took the opportunity to go for a slightly longer walk in the morning sunshine, getting round to the other side of Ivy Lake on the Rockford path. I took lots of autumnal photos for the blog, unfortunately the blogging site is not letting me upload them, so apologies for this rather black and white entry! Of particular interest was the hive of activity amongst the ivy flowers along the Rockford path. Ivy flowers are an important source of nectar at this time of year and the flowers are buzzing with activity as bees, hoverflies, flies and hornets came in to feed. There were also a couple of red admirals flying along this stretch of the path.
The moth trap was disappointing both nights this weekend with just a handful of moths caught due to the clear, cool nights we have had. Lets hope the cloudy night in store for us tonight brings the moths out before the next bout of heavy rain as I have a night walk with a Brownie group tomorrow who are coming to learn about moths and bats.