A couple of updates for you today.
Firstly the kingfishers have hatched their second brood, hurrah! The adults have been seen taking fish in to the nest bank today a sure sign that the eggs have hatched. Currently the fish being taken in are very small, but it will not be long before the parents are coming and going frequently with large fish. Fledging occurs when the young are 24-25 days old (but can take longer if poor fishing) which takes us to 19 or 20 July.
Secondly with all the rain over the last week we have excessive amounts of water on sight causing flooding along the paths. However all are passable with stout foot wear or wellies so come prepared and enjoy puddle jumping.
Its National Insect Week this week. To celebrate the vast array of insects that live at Rye Meads and #littlethingsthatruntheworld i thought i would share a few insect pictures with you taken here at Rye Meads.
For more information on national insect week please visit nationalinsectweek.co.uk
We hope you can visit Rye Meads this week ands find some of the marvelous insects that call Rye Meads home and please do share your photos with us on our facebook page RSPBHerts&Beds or on twitter @RSPBRyeMeads
All photos by Keith Bedford
Hope you all had a great National moth night. Despite the deterioration of the weather we ran the moth trap over 3 nights and 15 visitors joined Erin and i to empty the trap at 9 am. We recorded a total of 77 species over the 3 days and hawk moths put on a good show with 3 poplars on the first day, a poplar and an elephant on day 2 and a poplar and 2 elephant on day 3, sadly no privet or eyed were caught but that gives me something to look forward to.
Friday 10 June 5 people joined me to empty the trap on the first morning of our moth activities, 35 species recorded.
Poplar hawk 3, diamond back 14, clouded border 4, agapeta hamana, marbled minor 4, common rustic/lesser common rustic 4, buff ermine, square spot rustic, willow beauty, cream bordered green pea, scoparia sp 11, common swift 6, heart and dart 12, garden grass veneer 5, celypha lacuana 4, celypha striana, whiter ermine, light brown apple moth, burnished brass, small magpie, bright line brown eye, setaceous hebrew character, cinnabar 2, cyclamen tortrix 3, donacaula forficella, rustic/uncertain, silver ground carpet, rustic shoulder knot, brown house moth, obscure wainscot, cochylis nana, epiblema trimaculana, straw dot and homeosoma sinuella.
I also tried my first pheromone lure of 2016 on Friday for red tipped clearwing and we had success (picture below)
Saturday 11 June 8 people joined Erin and i to empty the trap, total 49 species.
pale prominent 5, buff tip, brimstone, diamond back 19, garden grass veneer 12, hedya nubiferana 3, epiblema trimaculana, small magpie 4, peach blossom, common swift 4, marbled minor 8, silver ground carpet 2, scoparia sp 14, rustic shoulder knot 3, common rustic/lesser common rustic 2, dichrorampha simpliciana 2, common pug 3, straw dot 5, heart and dart 10, celypha lacuana 5, homeosoma sinuella 2, cream bordered green pea 3, obscure wainscot 2, sandy carpet, setaceous hebrew character 2, clouded border, bright line brown eye 2, light emerald, white ermine 3, ringed china mark 2, celypha striana 4, aethes beatricella, common wave 2, shuttle shaped dart, common marbled carpet 2, poplar hawk, buff ermine, common wainscot, agapeta hamana, apple leaf minor 2, horse chestnut leaf miner, mottled rustic 4, burnished brass, elephant hawk moth, flame shoulder, cyclamen tortrix, nematopogon swammerdamella 2, eucosma cana, tinea semifulvella 2, argyresthia spinosella,
Elephant hawk moth
Pebble hook tip
Sunday 12 June 2 people joined Erin and i to empty the trap, total 55 species
Elephant hawk moth 2, garden grass veneer 25, hear and dart 25, diamond back 29, small magpie 2, buff tip, common/lesser common rustic 7, obscure wainscot 5, donacaula mucronella 2, brimstone 2, buff ermine 1, straw dot 3, mottled rustic 4, light brown apple moth 2, light emerald 3, burnished brass 10, sandy carpet, epiblema trimaculana 3, scoparia sp 13, willow beauty 3, marbled minor 16, treble lines, homeosoma sinuella 4, silver ground carpet 2, poplar hawk, dark arches 2, peppered, common swift 2, silver y, celypha striana, cleypha lacuana 2, cyclamen tortrix, bright line brown eye 3, common marbled carpet, common wave, clouded border 2, pale prominent, beautiful hook tip, small fan foot, barred fruit tree tortrix, shoulder striped wainscot, middle barred minor 2, silky wainscot, aethes beatricella, square spot rustic 2, peach blossom, the flame 3, udea olivalis 2, spectacle 1, white ermine, ringed china mark, pebble hook tip, least carpet, common pug 2, common carpet 2,
Apologies for any inaccuracies in my spelling