A wet miserable day with very few visitors today. Ibsley water had the pick of day with a female goldeneye, a first winter yellow-legged gull, 2 dunlin, 8 house martins and 6 swallows. Unfortunately all very distant, so I only managed a few pictures of the usual commoner species. A red kite, two spotted redshank and a ruff were reported in the Tern hide log book for yesterday but no such quality today.
After a few pitiful nights mothing with just 1-2 moths in the trap, this mornings catch was slightly better. The catch included:
This great diving beetle was a surprise. This individual is a male, told by the shiny, smooth wing cases as oppose to deeply grooved in the female. They fly at night and are occasionally attracted to moth traps.