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.
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.
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