Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Avocet crossing

Since yesterday, these signs — probably the only 'Avocet crossing' signs in the world — have been erected along the harbour road, as have temporary speed bumps; hopefully they'll help to reduce the risk of mishap as the young avocets cross the road from the pools to the coastal bay on the other side of the road.


The most interesting sighting from the harbour road was this large (c.8  cm long) caterpillar — any ideas?

Persistent rain this morning limited the lighthouse garden catch to just three birds (two Common Whitethroats and a Blackcap). By mid-morning the rain had stopped so we opened a net in the station garden: a couple of Great Tits, a Blackcap, a Garden Warbler and an adult male Blackbird were all ringed.

Field sightings consisted of a male Red-backed Shrike by the golf club and a 99% Carrion Crow by Falsterbohus — the latter was all black except for a small patch of Hooded Crow-grey on the rump; presumably an indication of unpure origins, though the bird was a tad wet and I'm still not completely convinced it might not have been some ruffled wet feathers showing their paler bases. I will try and check it out again tomorrow if it's still around.

2 comments:

bardseyben@gmail.com said...

Caterpillar looks like a Drinker larva- see http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=424

Great blog by the way

Stephen Menzie said...

Thanks!