Monday, 9 November 2015

Bittersweet Smudge and a Tortoiseshell tale

Shoveler ♂, Anas clypeata
On Thursday, Friday and Sunday I visited Arundel WWT as the weather has been damp and drizzly and the hides provide a haven to enjoy some wildlife. A micromoth landed in front of me in the Sand Martin hide and John E. kindly loaned me his macro lens which enabled it to be identified as a Bittersweet Smudge.
  On Saturday we attended the AGM of Sussex Butterfly Conservation. Sue made a fruit cake and marmalade muffins for the refreshment break and I contributed a framed print of the European Swallowtail which Neil found at Steyning in June 2014. Our guest speaker was noted naturalist, broadcaster, conservationist and butterfly expert Matthew Oates who gave a new perspective on his life in natural history with extracts from his new book "In Pursuit of Butterflies".
We now have a signed copy dedicated to Sue. Michael Blencowe gave his usual entertaining and informative review of the butterfly year in Sussex and concluded with the revelation that while he was preparing his talk and looking at photos of Large and Scarce Tortoiseshells on the Sussex sightings page the previous evening, he suspected the label on a Large T. dated 12 March 2014, was a mislabelled Scarce Tortoiseshell. Neil Hulme confirmed this, and the specimen becomes the first sighting in GB since one seen in Kent in 1953. The full story is here under 9 November: 
Black-headed Gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Canada Goose, Branta canadensi
Canada Geese
Common Snipe, Gallinago gallinago
Common Snipe
Coot, Fulica atra
Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
Mute Swan, Cygnus olor
Shoveler ♀, Anas clypeata
Shoveler ♀
Teal, Anas crecca
Bittersweet Smudge, Acrolepia autumnitella
Common Snipe
Common Snipe
Common Snipe
Gadwall, Anas strepera
Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea
Grey Heron with Snipe and Shoveler
Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis from Arun Riverlife hide
Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis
Mallards, Anas platyrhynchos
Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan, Cygnus olor
Tufted Duck ♀, Aythya fuligula
Black-headed Gull
Black-headed Gull
This Chinook flew over the lake

Coal Tit, Periparus ater
Long-tailed Tit, Aegithalos caudatus
Rudd, Scardinius erythropthalmus
The Kingfishers don't seem to have discovered the large shoals of Rudd in the rife.
Water Rail, Rallus aquaticus
Water Vole, Arvicola amphibius
As I walked across the walkway outside the centre I spotted this Water Vole swimming from the reeds towards the lily pads.

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