Monday, 3 August 2009

Weekend Update

Saturday morning was spent at Amwell. Not much happening-the only out of the ordinary bird was the eclipse drake Red Crested Pochard which flew around for a bit after being disturbed by herons. Several Little Egrets present, but no waders apart from a few Lapwing, and no migrants. The usual selection of late summer butterflies and dragonflies present, with Painted Ladies starting to become abundant.
Sunday had been planned to be a visit to the lakes for some of the northern butterflies, but due to the weather and the fact I was not feeling great, Colin and I had an easy day in East Anglia. We called in at Graffham to see the Black Terns before heading to Roydon Common. Despite the assertion that Black Darters are the commonest species we only managed to see a couple, and could not photograph any. Common Darters were everywhere, and we managed to find a few Ruddies too. Small Coppers and Common Blues were also everywhere, but there were not as many Painted Ladies as I was expecting.
There were a few wader reports from Titchwell, but we decided to call in at Kelling to see the Great Spotted Cuckoo which has been present for a while, but had only been refound on Saturday. After quite a long wait, with the Ladybird swarms and a toad for diversion, the cuckoo eventually showed quite well, but rather distant, even for the 500mm lens and converters.

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