A bright, but predominantly overcast day with still conditions. Dragonflies are down to a handful of species now, Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta and Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum dominating the mix and the only species noted on this visit.
Butterflies species also now much reduced with only the over-wintering species being encountered with two Comma Polygonia c-album and a single Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta noted. An attractive Pink-barred Sallow Xanthia togata moth added to the Lepidoptera list. along with a single Drinker Euthrix potatoria caterpillar.
Autumn is Shieldbug season, with at least four Gorse Shieldbug Piezodorus lituratus found along Dryham Lane. Three Spiked Shieldbug Picromerus bidens also noted along the lane. Other bugs present included Marsh Damselbug Nabis limbatus, Liocoris tripustulatus and Common Froghopper Philaenus spumarius.
Hoverflies now in low numbers, Etistalis tenax being the most abundant species with single Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus and Helophilus pendulus noted. The only other fly species recorded was Coremacera marginata.
A couple of Orthoptera photographed included Field Grasshopper Chorthippus brunneus and Slender Ground-hopper Tetrix subulata. The latter species will overwinter as an adult.
Other miscellany included a Slender Mining Bee Lasioglossum calceatum along the path to Turret Hide, plus several 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata at various locations around the site.
Bird-wise the highlight goes to the Great White Egret Ardea alba which was present on Dryham Ings Cell A, before moving on to the Reservoir. The Litte Stint Calidris minuta was still present on the Silt Pond. Several skeins of Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus overflow the reserve, both north and south. Ten Curlew Numenius arquata alighted on Island Lake for a clean up session. Finally the hybrid Australian Shelduck Tadorna tadornoides, previously seen in January was back on Reedbed Lake.
Full set of photos from this visit can be found on my Flickr site.