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A Wednesday Walk Around

Saturday, November 17th 2018

No moth trap again to empty on Wednesday morning due to the forecast wind, which actually seemed very variable depending upon where you lived.  It is not looking good this Tuesday night either.  On checking the Field Centre we did find several moths including November Moth, Spruce Carpet and Mottled Umber.

We fed the Mallards and wached as they climbed out onto the bank, accompanied by Moorhens and the male Wigeon.  As usual the camera had to be pushed beyond its real capabilities, but you can see the three species of water bird in the photo, all enjoying the food.

Water birds feeding

Walking through the Sycamore Avenue, we were reminded of our childhoods, as we enjoyed the sound of rustling leaves.

Sycamore Avenue

Sitting tightly on the bark of a tree was a harvestman.

Harvestman

Oak leaves caught our attention, not showing holes, the probable tell tale signs of a caterpillar, but the veins of the leaf.  A leaf mine had eaten the leaf leaving behind the veins.   A close look and there was an insect almost camouflaged against the damage. (Bottom left ish.)

Leaf mine damage

Some species have regular habitats and we can almost guarentee that they will be there at certain times of the year.  Fly Agaric grows on the bank of the beck, leaving the wetland.  Yes, a large one was growing through the vegetation.

Fly Agaric

On the beck, Water Crickets continued to dance amongst the overhanging vegetation.  Not a brilliant photo as it was rather dull and the vegetation was casting shadows and making patterns on the water.

Water Crickets


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