A Very Hot Day

Sunday, June 18th 2017

On Thursday evening the meeting adjourned to the heath and the trees were caught in the setting sun.

Trees in the setting sun

This morning, early, the lake was caught in the rising sun.  The herald of CES 5.

The lake caught in the rising sun

As is usual on this CES there are many juveniles coming through the ringing room.  It is always good to see some of the Great Tits ringed in the Foxglove boxes making an appearance, 32 in all.   There were 17 new Robins, mainly juveniles, 12 new Bullfinches and nine new Long-tailed Tits.  Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs were also in abundance.  One adult Chiffchaff had been ringed at Foxglove last year and returned to breed this year.  We received an email from Tony 'It was a very good session and the best CES day 5 since 2011. A reminder that CES 6 will be next Sunday!'  Thank you to everyone who helped today, in the lovely hot sunshine!

In between scribing I was out taking photographs to add to my already, huge collection, as there is always something else to see.  It was too dark in natural light for this snail, but the flash shows his balancing expertise.

Balancing snail

A cake decoration was one description of this spider egg case.  I have seen it before but unfortunatley I have forgotten its name!  I think the spider belonging to the white case can be seen towards the bottom left of the photo.  It is very tiny.

Tiny spider and case

Roses are blooming across the reserve and I love the way these flowers cascaded along the branch.

Dog Rose

Honeysuckle is also flowering and early this morning its scent could be detected.

Honeysuckle

And finally.  I have often said that I have crept up silently only to find my insect was a piece of leaf, a dollop of mud or a bird dropping.  I spotted this, called my pup to heel and slowly approached and got a photo!  By which time I realised that it was a leaf, better luck next time.

A leaf


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