Sunday, 18 October 2015
10 go East
At the start of the month 7 from the 10 went East. 8 Yellow-browed Warblers and 3 Firecrests were ample reward from a bird finding perspective and the beautiful light and proximity of birds at Titchwell ended a great day out on the Norfolk coast. Ben has been persistent in requesting some photos of the Hedgehog that proved very friendly at Holkham and I'm going to nod to the fly folk who were sharing their passion freely in between the Sprytes.
Mike the spike
Noon Fly, all over the Ivy flowers
Many thanks to Mark Welch who has updated with the following
Just checked the robberfly out. Fantastic pic given that it was your compact. Very impressed. I think that I have it as a Machimus sp., probably Machimus atricapillus (Kite-tailed Robberfly), although further in-the-hand examination is needed to confirm this identification… including looking at the 8th sternite ! Stubbs and Drake (2015) have it on Plate 1, (page 478) and comment that it is a widespread species in southern England (including East Anglia) and, along with other Machimus ssp, favours dry light or sandy soils and frequents woodland edges and clearings. A nice find for us.
Proper Autumnwatch fodder - Goldies rest in the afternoon sun
Tableau of a Norfolkshire marsh
Highly adapted to the search for mudworm