Sunday, 5 June 2016

Grebe and dragons

Another lazy start to the day paid off again. Not arriving at the obs until 08.15 I was disappointed to have missed a Pomarine Skua, but the bird of the day went north after the early shift had gone home. A Black-necked Grebe (only the 4th ever past the obs) was the star, passing at a reasonable distance for the 3 of us remaining. Shortly after 31 Barnacle Geese flew north, close inshore.

Barnacle Geese
With the sun out and feeling warm I headed down to Kibblesworth. Boat-loads of damsels were out, mostly Common Blue, but also Large Red and Azure, while 25+ Four-spotted Chaser were already on the wing. A surprise find was a very early, newly emerged Black-tailed Skimmer.

Four-spotted Chaser

Black-tailed Skimmer
At first there were surprisingly few butterflies about, but on the way back to the car were Dingy Skipper, Small Heath, Common Blue and Small Tortoiseshell.

Dingy Skipper
Common Blue

Small Heath
An optimistic look over the bridge at Lamesley produced an early Banded Demoiselle fly catching from the bank-side vegetation.

Banded Demoiselle
Long-eared Owl

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