Thursday, 5 July 2018

Warm Outdoor Meeting


A glorious summer evening greeted us at Pitsford Reservoir yesterday as a small band of members met for the traditional July outdoor meeting.

John Showers kindly set up his laptop and microscope in the lodge itself, the urn was singing to us and biscuits and nibbles were on hand for those a little hungry despite the very warm temperatures. Mischa from the reserve had left some moths from the earlier trap round for us to examine and then release.

Nick Parker led us off on a pleasant walk to the Bird Club hide and back, but not before we watched a couple of Spotted Flycatchers sallying forth from a couple of beeches next to the lodge. A hairstreak butterfly vanished before it could be identified and we then padded along the causeway where a Common Sandpiper and a Grey Wagtail could be found.

A couple of Pike were suspended in the water with a vast shoal of fish fry moving around them and keeping a safe distance away!

Into the first part of Scaldwell Meadow and numerous butterflies included an excellent concentration of Marbled Whites. Waterfowl included both Mute Swan and Great Crested Grebes with healthy young and the six tern rafts in front of the hide were very busy indeed! Dragonflies were pursuing other flying insects and singing singletons of Sedge and Reed Warbler persisted in the glyceria at the water's edge.

On our walk back a Grey Heron and a couple of Little Egrets had found the fish fry shoals by the tunnel in the causeway and we disturbed them as we walked by.

An informal natter and drinks followed and with the approach of dusk we cleared up and pottered home!

Neil M

Spotted Flycatcher
courtesy of Jacob Spinks.


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