Eels have a highly developed taste sensitivity, homing in on anything with a meat/fish flavour, with un-failing ability; so very annoying when fishing for other species. That eels remain numerous in the R. Stour is testament to the water quality, so something that we should be pleased about. That they are a nuisance when barbel fishing is also something that I will have to live with - we're fishing for a small population of barbel in a river full of eels. Benno and I are the engineers of our own downfall - we introduce fish meal pellets as part of our baiting plan. Eels are quick to react to this bounty - the result is angler frustration. Time for a major rethink - I have a week to come up with "plan B"
In the garden there have been plenty of distractions, the moth trap providing some nice records. Dark Swordgrass and Small Ranunculus have been added to the year list whilst a rather smart looking Cloaked Minor caused a little head scratching (it is not the form that I am used to catching)
Bev and I saw a Clouded Yellow flying along Shirley Avenue, as we walked back from Gadget's place, yesterday, and an adult Hobby was hunting over Vine Close in the evening.
|Speckled Bush-cricket - looking rather wet!|
The splendid hoverfly V. zonaria was discovered feeding on a buddliea; an insect which has been responsible for more Hornet sightings, on Thanet, than the real deal?