News from the North and News from Foxglove

Thursday, July 4th 2013

Technology continues to work, emails and photos arrive from the North.  News from yesterday said that they had been very wet!  Emails overnight and this morning are as follows -  'Had a good day on Clo Mhor. So far in total we have ringed 634 of 22 species!'  'At sea again today!  Weather reasonable!' and finally 'Will try and send a picture later but not easy as don't want to ruin phone! We are off to sea shortly.'  They are now back on land and getting ready for their evening meal prepared by the legendary chef.

legendary chef

This Ringed Plover chick was processed at Kervaig Bay

Ringed Plover chick

Back at Foxglove, as usual at this time of year, weather permitting, everything is growing!  In the sunshine the bumble bees are very active, especially around the Raspberry flowers.  They are so busy, photographing them is difficult, however this one settled and stayed still, on a Greater Spearwort flower  just long enough to be caught on camera.

bee on Greater Spearwort.

Around the area roses have been blooming but those on the reserve have been slow to unfurl their petals but at last they are blooming.

Dog Rose

Last year at this time the volunteers were at the stage of never ever wanting to see another thistle!  They had spent considerable time pulling them up to stop them spreading their seeds.  Apologies to the volunteers but this photograph of a Creeping Thistle was just lovely!  A little while to go before you are back pulling them all up again!

Creeping Thistle

The moth trap was set last night and when emptied this morning it was really hot inside so the moths were rather active!  However this Poplar Hawkmoth just chilled on the vegetation.

Poplar Hawkmoth

Volunteers worked on a variety of tasks today including finding the drains, cutting a hedge, identifying the moths, checking the paths and looking for wood for our next venture for certain minibeasts.  Thank you very much for all your help.

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