Bird Fair August 2019

This year British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water is donating its proceeds to Cambodia’s Big 5, White-shouldered Ibis, Giant Ibis, White-rumped Vulture, Slender-billed Vulture and Red-headed Vulture.

Rutland WaterRutland Water Dunlin Hide

Once we had finished putting up the tent we went to the main marquee to watch Moth Trap Releasing with Phil Stirling and Richard Lewington.  They had good selection including a few hawk moths such as poplar, elephant and privet.

There was heavy rain on Friday that meant the site was very muddy all weekend, but I managed to do a moth trap Saturday evening.  I trapped Peach Blossom, Magpie, Golden Spot, plus a few more that were new.

Few moths from the event and my moth trap

At the Wild Zone we did pond dipping and bug hunting with Mike Dilger and found a lot of different life.  Had a good selection of beetles including ground, lesser stag and violet ground beetles.

On the pond dip we had couple new finds including screech beetle larva, pirate otter spider and a caterpiller.  Our friend Neil known as pond man, Nick Baker, RSPB, Leicester Wild Life Trust and Richard Lewington were not able to identify whilst we was at the show.  We managed to identify it as a Parapoynx Sratiotata moth caterpiller, one of four different aquatic moths in the UK that Richard and Neil later confirmed.

Selection from pond dipping and bug hunting

A handy thing about staying on site is that you can get up early in the morning to catch the early birds.  Such as White Throat, Lesser White Throat, Blue, Great, Marsh & Long Ttailed Tits,Bull, Gold and Chaffinches, Willow Warbler, plus excellent views of Chiffchaffs.  We had a couple trips out on the reserve bird watching including a walk with the BTO younger birders.

We managed to find Black Tern and Ruddy Shelduck and identify ourselves, plus later had help identify Yellow Legged Gull.  A Wood Sandpiper dropped in for a short while then flew off and a Great White Egret stalked for food.

There was also great views of Osprey’s during the weekend flying, on the nest, plus managed to get a photo of one with a fish.

A variety of birds over the weekend

Was great to have so many people on the BTO walk, more than last year.

BTOYoungBirdersBTO Young Birders and Naturalists

OverallI had a great weekend and caught up with many of my friends, plus made some new ones.

Twitter links of some young naturalists that I met
Toby Carter – @tobywarbler
Calum Mckellar –  @mckellar_calum
Kabir Kaul – @kaulofthewilduk
Arjun Dutta – @arjundutta210

Minsmere 5 Jan 2019

Had a good day out at Minsmere, managed to see three types of swan including, Bewick, Mute and Whooper.  Took a long walk at Dunwick Pools to get a Green Winged Teal, new bird for me.  Ended the day with a Winter Moth on the car Window.

Bird Fair 2018

This year’s Bird Fair was the 30th Anniversary and this year’s project was to create a haven for Argentina’s Flamingos.

My favourite part of the weekend was the bird ringing stand and I was lucky to release a Tree Creeper.

There were lots of celebrities at the fair, Nigel Marvin helped us when doing a bug hunt.  We also did some pond dipping and Nick Baker gave an informative talk about pond life.  Bill Oddie and Mike Dilger were funny when on stage doing bird pointless.  Also met Chris Packman, Stephen Moss and Iolo Williams, all were interested in the home made T-Shirts me and my brother made.

We went out in the evening to find some moths and got up early to walk round the hides and saw Opsrey.  Took a walk and found the Red Necked Phalarope at the Goldeneye Hide, though it was distant.  Managed to see 82 different bird species during the weekend of the 115 recorded.

T-Shirts that me and my brother made.


Late Night Mothing at Rainham

Today (08/09/17) was another late night opening and moth trapping .We didn’t go around the reserve because it was pouring down with rain. We set up the moth trap a bit later.

As soon as we set it up a snout flew in and that was the only snout of the night.   Shortly after a Plume moth flew in, but didn’t land so we were unable to catch it. There were Brimstone moths like last week but not as many, instead we had lots of Square Spot Rustics. There were also a few Common and Silky Wainscots. Immediately after an Oak Hook Tip flew into the trap followed by a Blood-Vein but this moth didn’t want to be caught and flew right over the trap. Other moths I caught were:-

Setaceous Hebrew Character, Dusky Thorn, Yellow Stern, 4 Old Ladys, Common Carpet, Light Emerald and Angle Shade. The best part of the night was capturing one called a Flounced Rustic this has not been seen at Rainham Marshes before so this was a real treat for everyone.

Here are some pictures that I took