"For now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see" Neutral Milk Hotel.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

A cluster of Heralds

A nice find today at Holme along with Agonopterix yeatiana. Last night also saw the first dotted border and March moth's of the year.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Off Patch: at LWT Willow Tree Fen

Yesterday a trip to Spalding and beyond to see the long-staying bluethroat, and a very recently created  wetland. Very impressive site looks like they will have fun managing the rush! Also managed to see a nice flock of 24 white-fronts and a variety of wildfowl especially nice numbers of shoveler. Although it didn't feel especially mild (slightly under-dressed), the coot were extremely vocal sorting out territories. Great site will visit again.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

A new hoverfly for the blog probably for Holme

11th February 2017

  Been going through some old photo's and found this for Holme on the evening of 22nd July 2005 Sericomyia silentis, a species more likely to found in acidic wetlands (have seen it at NWT Roydon Common), but can apparently wander. Nectaring at the front of The Firs on a warm sunny evening.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Spotted Redshank & Ferruginous Duck

Spotted Redshank, Thornham Harbour, 21st January 2017

Ferruginous Duck, Broadwater, Holme NWT, 21st January 2017

Sunday, 15 January 2017

A new diptera family member for the patch

15th January 2017

    Last Sunday (8th) an unfamiliar fly entered the reserve visitor centre at NWT Holme Dunes, and today after mounting the specimen, and a few tweets of images sent out by Robert Smith the family was revealed to us by Ian Andrews (thanks Ian). Later I spent sometime trying to get to grips with my first diptera key! Anyway to cut a long story short Robert called me later to inform me it had already been identified on line thus putting me out of my misery. It turns out to be Suillia variegata and hopefully a new record for the site and area, for us at least.

A stranding at Holme

Robert Smith, Holme NWT, 15th January 2017 (shown next to jawbone of baleen whale (possibly Fin Whale) to show scale)