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Monday, 9 April 2012

A catch up of the last two weeks.

A visit to Pilmoor on the evening of 29th March was brought to an abrupt halt when the oil warning light came on  on the generator and it promptly stopped.  A shame really, as there were plenty of moths about, and caught 50 of 12 species in about an hour.
A return visit the following night, after topping up the oil, produced fewer moths, but 15 species, including a Lead-coloured Drab, from under the aspen trees and at the same site as last year.
Lead-coloured Drab
The only other note of interest was while walking across the bridge over the River Ure in the town, I looked over the parapet and saw a couple of Kingfishers eyeing up a two groups of writhing full grown 2' eels with 10-15 in each group seemingly fixed in one location.  It gave the impression of a mass of male grass snakes fighting over a female, which cannot be true as eels migrate to the Sargasso Sea to breed.  Interesting behaviour nevertheless.


  1. Any chance your "Eels" were lampreys?
    cheers G.F.

  2. Hi Graham
    Looking into this, River Lamprey is the obvious answer. The right size and behaviour, and looking at angling sites, this area is a known haunt at this time of the year.
    Thanks again.