Saturday, 18 August 2012


Went down to Rye Meads this morning. A cool breeze helped to offset the very high temperatures but on some of the sunnier parts it was hard going.
Despite the warmth, few butterflies seen-one Common Blue, one Comma, a few Small Whites. Only Speckled Wood and Peacock could be termed frequent.
 Dragonflies a bit better. Brown, Southern and Migrant Hawker everywhere. Black Tail Skimmers over the lagoons. Common Darter, Blue Tail, Common Blue and Red Eyed Damselflies  abundant. Surprisingly no Demoiselles or Emperors.
Duck numbers building up-several tens of Shoveller and Teal present now. Two juvenile Little Egrets, seven Green Sandpiper and two Snipe (lost as a breeding species and a bit unusual this early) the highlights.

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