An interesting find

Monday, August 8th 2011

The bird ringers were ringing at a another site on Friday evening when they found this Bedstraw Hawk-moth (Hyles galii)  It is an immigrant usually being found on the coast but also occasionally inland.

Bedstraw Hawk-moth

If many of them arrive together then their caterpillars may be found, which are dark green or brown with bright yellow spots.

Today at Foxglove was CES day 10.  As part of the programme Tony used his expertise and familiarity with modern gadget technology to explain to the trainees the benefits and intracacies of tape luring.  Some of the younger ringers were completely unfamiliar with the practice and found the detailed explanation extremely beneficial.  Even the dog was mesmerised; probably stunned by the level of detail.  On the left speaker you can see the on/off switch which is essential and not always readily recognised by those less experienced.  It was a useful session very well received.  The 'play' switch will be covered next week.

Modern technology in use

226 birds were caught and processed today, the fourth best day for CES 10 in the 19 years of the Foxglove programme.  The incessant rain yesterday and strong winds today had a negative impact on the numbers of birds on the reserve.


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