Thursday 19 August 2021

Oak Eggars

I followed a pheromone-tracking male Oak Eggar (the darker individual on the right) to a resting female, near the viewing platform. I've noticed several on the wing the last few days but to the untrained eye they look like a fast-moving butterfly.

Off Mudbank this afternoon - just 2 Grey Herons, 3 Common Gulls, 100+ Mallard, 13 Whimbrel, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and a Peregrine.

Green Shieldbug nymph - many thanks to Kev for the id.

This grass is growing in the Duckpond, so under saline conditions. Not sure what it is though.

Annual Sea-blite - again, thank you to Kev

Sea Purslane.

This adult Peregrine was ripping a pigeon to pieces, out on the mudflats, with an assemblage of Carrion Crows in attendance, picking up titbits that were flung off. I watched through the scope until it had tolerated enough and flew off (with the remains of its kill).

Yesterday's juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was again present off Mudbank but I couldn't get close to it.


  1. Hi Matt

    Hope it's going well


    The bug is a Green Shieldbug nymph Not sure on the grass perhaps Sea Couch and the other plant is Annual Sea-blite

  2. Many thanks Kev - very much appreciated as always. Hope you and Debs are both keeping well. All the best. Matt