Coordinator: Ray Gribble
Reporters: Kathy Blake and Steve Chapman
A group of 19 members and guests enjoyed a rewarding morning’s birding and mothing around Sparham Pools on Saturday morning. The weather was fine and bright, 18c with a light south westerly.
Land-owner, Charles Sayer, had very kindly invited us to his house and grounds where he had set up two moth traps overnight, one in the walled garden and another in the woods.
The wind felt cool at first which was probably a good thing, as when we opened the traps most of the moths were quite lethargic and this enabled close examination and identification. Charles astounded us with his knowledge of all the names of the moths, and I think most of us came away with some new names, especially the bigger ones.
In all 71 different species were identified and 35 micros – a great haul!
Species were as follows:
Common Swift, Common Emerald , Bloodvein, Least Carpet, Small Fanfoot Wave, Dwarf Cream Wave, Single Dotted Wave, Treble Brown spot, Riband Wave , Large Twin Spot Carpet, Common Carpet, Barred Yellow, Blue bordered Carpet, Grey Pine Carpet, Green Pug, Brimstone , Swallowtailed , Peppered , Willow Beauty , Mottled Beauty ,
Engrailed , Light Emerald, Barred Red, Bordered White, Common Wave, Common White Wave, Clouded Silver, Eyed Hawkmoth , Elephant Hawkmoth , Buff tip , Maple Prominent, Pebble Prominent, White Satin , Marbled Brown, White Satin , Round Winged Musliin, Rosy Footman , Scarce Footman, Common Footman, Buff Footman, Buff Ermine, Heart & Club , Heart & Dart , Flame , Flame Shoulder, Double Square Spot , Setacious Hebrew Character, Bright line brown eye, Clay, Common Wainscot, Smoky Wainscot, Poplar grey , Brown Rustic  Dunbar , Lunar Spotted Pinion, Dark Arches, Marbled Minor , Tawny Marbled Minor, Middle barred minor, Treble Lines, Uncertain [15 ], Rustic , Motttled Rustic, Pale Mottled Willow, Spectacle, Plain Golden Y, Burnished Brass , Green Silver Lines , Beautiful Hook Tip , Straw dot , Snout , Fanfoot .
After this the group walked down to the lakes via the field footpath avoiding the main road. It was lovely to see the variety of wild flowers and insects that were present on the field margins which Charles had left to rewild.
The footpath continued across private land which Charles had kindly given the group access to, and great views of the lakes and surrounding woodlands were enjoyed. Birds included Common Tern, Great-crested Grebe, Little Grebe, and several buzzards. Blackcaps and Garden Warblers could be heard singing. Lots of butterflies were on view including Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Peacock, Painted Lady, Comma, Large Skipper, Green Veined White, Small White and Speckled Wood.
Dragonflies seen were Common Blue Damselfly, Red-eyed Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Banded Demoiselle, Four-spotted Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Darter.
After visiting the lakes, the group went on to Lyng bridges. From there most of the party followed part of the Wensum Way long distance footpath for a while before re-joining the original path back to Sparham Hall.
Common Blue Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Red-eyed Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Banded Demoiselle, Four-spotted Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Darter
A full list of birds can be seen here (courtesy Steve Chapman)
Sparrowhawk, Pied Wagtail, Swallow, Chaffinch, Nuthatch, Blackcap, Robin, Jackdaw, Mistle Thrush, Skylark, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff, Buzzard, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Green Woodpecker, Common Tern, Mute Swan, Mallard, Great-crested Grebe, Rook, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Cormorant, Canada Goose, Wren, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Swift, Song Thrush, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Stock Dove, Jay, Magpie, Egyptian Goose, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Moorhen, Coot, Tufted Duck, Collared Dove, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Little Egret
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