The Company of Wolves

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Wednesday 23 February 2011 19:46

I managed a survey today despite the weather and had a really good result with high numbers of Skylark and Yellowhammer compared to usual as well as four Hawfinch. Due to leaving my binoculars in Oli's car after the failed twitch on Sunday I have been using my old binoculars today that have not left the house in ten years. Suffice to say that I don't think they will be going out again ever. Back on the shelf you go.

There was little else to see today but I did have a look under some old fence posts and spotted this striking wolf spider that I think is a male Alopecosa pulverulenta (will have to confirm this though). There are only about 40 species of wolf spider (Lycosidae) in the UK from nine different genera. Their eyes have a very distinctive pattern. If I have got this one right, I will have seen three of them. Another bat course tomorrow up in Surrey, this time 'Trees and bats' with IEEM.

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