With mild air still prevailing there are still many invertebrates to find out on the reserve. Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters still rule the skies and countless Craneflies rise from the grass as you walk along.
Mating pairs can be seen everywhere while egg full females can be seen worming their way down into the grass to lay what will become tasty leather-jackets that the Starlings so love!
This Grey Dagger cat was found by Dawn Cowan on her walk this morning and unlike the adult moth it can easily be identified.
With all these juvenile Marsh Harriers moving through the reserve in recent weeks I have been asking people to look out for birds with coloured wing tags. Even on Wednesday when the two birds were dancing outside the hide, I suggested that it was worth checking for tags and what should happen Thursday but a new juvenile (with the other two!) sporting bright green bling on each wing. Despite coming very close to the centre I was unable to read the lettering on each tag as they flap up and down when the birds beats its wings and it was too quick on banking flight when things were flat! Very frustrating! However, i hope that even the colour combination should help us to narrow down its point of origin and I am going to stick my neck out and say somewhere on the Isle of Sheppey....
Will keep you posted and if you are lucky enough to see one with tags please do let me know!
Taggless bird! (Denis Tuck)
All of a sudden yesterday a huge tower appeared on the south side of the Thames near Earith Yacht Club. Within two hours we had a new sparkly enormous wind turbine imposing itself on the view. It seems to be set back from the river so hopefully no issues will ensue...