Moth trapping and small mammal hunt....
Saturday was a trip to Rodley Nature reserve
They were were going to open up, what turned out to be three moth traps that they had placed round the reserve. The weather had not been the best so it was not over busy which meant you got to see all the moths they had caught, three very knowledgeable people opened a trap at a time one recording for the site.
The lady in the bottom photo was very nice and new her stuff , they got the children involved and were quite happy for people to hold the moths, even if one or two did not make it through the day.
It was wonderful to see so many moths as I have had none in my home made trap this year.
All you "mothy" people out there would have loved it, there was a lot to take in and I hope I have got the names right of the few I've shown you.
The day was humid and you should have seen the amount of midges that came piling out of the egg boxes, they were starting to bite by 9.30 !
There were male and female Ghost moths in the traps, the lady explained they have been finding a lot of wings on the ground near the traps and think the bats have been picking them of, even with them not trapping every night and moving the traps to a different location.
There is a few more moth trapping events coming up but all so a bat walk which I quite fancy, will need my midge spray for that.
After two traps and interest dwindling a little they moved on to the mammals, same again they had put humane traps down round the headquarters. We had mice, and field voles in the traps. Water voles are on the reserve but up till now have not been trapped.
I did see a squirrel, rat on the feeders and at the start of the day a deer was down on the bottom field. Did not count as small mammal....!
A walk round the reserve just showed how much work and effort the team that works here have done, the wild flower meadows were stunning.
This flower is Goat's beard, a bit like a Dandelion but grander, looking good from closed bud to seed head.
This fancy trap was placed near the Dragonfly ponds, the insect hits the black netting flies up into the white area, there is a collecting tub at the top.
By now I was been eaten alive !!!!!
This Little Grebe was eating a male Stickleback, you can just make out the red belly of the fish, well it was not for going down and gave up in the end. Not sure if the fish strived.
Last year on the first lagoon at the far side they build this for the Sand martins, you can see by all the holes how well it is been used. there was a telescope set up so you could have a better look and you could see the three Tern chicks on their floating home on the water. It was raining at this point and I could not stand the midges no more,
there was events on all day.
Later that day the sun came out and I watched the bees for a while.
This one was frog hopping !!!
I had my first butterfly in the garden to day as well...