Friday, 10 August 2012

Southern Hawker

Finished work very early this morning and was down at Amwell by ten. Very warm and sunny so i was expecting to see butterflies and dragonflies.
Birds are very quiet of course-the ducks and geese are in eclipse and looking tatty, a few Black Headed Gulls and Common terns remain on the rafts and thats about it. Three Common Sandpipers the only indication of migration, and according to Phil and Bill thats pretty much the highlight of recent weeks.

Down at the river and Hollycross the most common butterfly was Peacock-have not seen any for months and they all look very fresh. A few Meadow Browns, Red Admirals, Commas and Speckled Woods around, and Gatekeepers are starting to build up. All three whites, and Brimstones around and singles of Small Copper and Common Blue seen.
Dragonfly numbers variable-lots of Brown and Southern Hawker and a few Emperor. Small numbers of Common Darter, and only one Banded Demoiselle and Red Eyed-could not see any Small Red Eyed and no Migrant hawkers either.

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