Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Hurcott Pools & Wood Nature Reserve....20/06/2010








It has been a while since I had a walk around this reserve. The pools were quiet albeit for a couple of Coots, Moorhen, 3 Great Crested Grebe and Mallards. Swallows and Martins flew low over the pools and also dipping into the water for a drink, a lovely sight to see in such a peaceful location. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen and heard as it drummed on an old tree trunk and apart from this bird a couple of Blue Tits and juvenile Robin were the only other woodland birds seen. A lovely heady scent of Honeysuckle suddenly filled the air whilst walking alongside the pool! It was growing in the vegetation and winding it's way up a couple of tree trunks. Summer has definately arrived when the Honeysuckle fragrance fills the air, wonderful! A Micro-Moth was found on the parapet of a bridge, I have ID'd it as Nemophora degeerella! What a mouthful, I am just pleased that I only have to write it and not pronounce it.lol!! The male has longest antennae of all British moths: female antennae much shorter. Usually in woodland. I was very pleased with this find!


On the meadow side of the reserve highlights were Song and Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff (heard), Swifts, Jay, Buzzard, Kestrel and Saprrowhawk. Common Bird's-foot-trefoil looked a treat with the bright sunshine highlighting it's vivid yellow colour. Small tortoiseshell and Small skipper were the only butterflies seen.

2 comments:

  1. The Honeysuckle scent is heavenly isn't it........we encountered some wild Honeysuckle growing at RSPB South Stack at the weekend......twas just glorious to walk through!
    I love your micro-moth images.....what a great find and with antennae like that not too difficult to ID I'd have thought!

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  2. I bet that was a treat at South Stack, Ruth!

    I was pleased with the Micro-moth find but it was a monkey to get a decent photo of..it just wouldn't keep still.lol!

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