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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Day 23.. Crouches with Wolves

Moth trap held back for an afternoon group visit so 'breakfast' at the pond with several Anasymia lineata and this Black-tailed Skimmer on the picnic table where it posed but sadly it only perched up on reeds briefly before vanishing. Replaced later by an ovipositing Emperor. Micro moths Acleris kochiella and Ditula angustoriana were both on the building wall along with Clouded Borders, Riband Wave and Brussels Lace.

Two mammals today, both new for 30DWiJ and the year, but both sadly dead. a Common Shrew on the south path and later a Mole near the sweeping meadow - sad, but amazing front paws.

Just one Grass Snake stretched out on the usual fallen tree.

Ibsley Water was dominated by fledgling and juvenile BHGs and the now overgrown shoreline had this Oystercatcher plus lots of noisy LRP activity and the male Reed Bunting was still scouring the shore for insects. A distant kite was sparring with two Buzzards over the river.

After hearing reports of Bee-Wolf from elsewhere I thought it was worth checking the sandy areas adjacent to the single gorse bush and lo and behold three individuals were present, two being quite large but none keen to hang around.

When the trap was available just True Lover's Knot, this Pale Prominent and the usual suspects. Packing up, a Sparrowhawk slipped over the building and through to Docken's Water.

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