Early Morning Dew

Wednesday, October 26th 2011

After last nights storm, there was plenty of dew about this morning. These beautiful Sloe berries had huge jewel like droplets.

Sloe berries

This Common Darter was found by Elizabeth first thing and had obviously been resting still overnight as it was also covered with dew.

Early morning dew

There have been sightings of Roe Deer, Fieldfare and Redwing today. The moth trap produced 23 moths of 8 different species. This December moth was amongst the findings. This furry moth flies between early October and January.

December moth

There were 8 Feathered Thorns.

Feathered Thorn

This Mottled Umber was also present in the trap and hasn't been recorded at Foxglove since 2008. The female is flightless with tiny wings that are only just visible to the naked eye.

Mottled Umber

It is now seven months since the lake was re-profiled in the spring and this habitat is beginning to show the benefits.

Lake in Autumn

There have been several Moorhens, Coots, Greylag Geese and Little Grebes already and work is continuing to try and attract more birds to this area. With this in mind, several new nyger seed feeders have been put up in this area. Today, some feeders were put high up close to the tower hide. This involved unravelling lots of string and lots of patience! Mike found a useful technique with a broom handle!

In a tangle

Here is Adam inspecting his new pulley system to attract Siskins to feed by the tower hide.

Pulley system inspection!

Watch this space to see if it is successful!

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