Monday, 10 August 2015

Osprey again and hover conundrums

The osprey showed nicely again yesterday whilst I was down at Bosquoy.

It eventually caught a trout and flew off north again.

Plenty of Gadwall, other ducks and Coot emerged from the vegetation once the Osprey had left. The dabbling ducks and Coot were engaged in quite  feeding frenzy, it would be interesting to find out what is the great attraction for them on Bsquoy at this time of year.

The moth trap was loaded this morning, quite a number of annoyingly worn things, and a good number of micros, many now in the fridge awaiting examination tomorrow. I'm fairly sure that this is Dark Marbled Carpet....

but they are tricky until you get your eye in.

Three Ruff around The Shunan this morning and a smart male Hen Harrier.  Piles of Dunlin and Sanderling at Palace, 60 Dunlin, 18 Sanderling, 40 Ringed Plover.

A bit of an issue trying to identify some Eristalis hoverflies. Arbustorum which might be hoped to be fairly straightforward with its white face and thick hind metatarsus is not so because abusivus occurs here, very similar.

The arista should be diagnostic, this one appears not to be plumose, that would make it abusivus.

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