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Friday, 22 August 2014

Flutterbys and Dragons

I went out after work last Thursday the 14th to North Cave Wetlands, it was relatively quiet although a couple of Little Grebes were posing nicely on the main lake.
three or four juv Kestrels were making a racket

imm Migrant Hawker


Out with Mark on Sunday and with nothing much around we decided on a Butterfly trip to Chambers Farm Woods in Lincolnshire, Brown Hairstreak being the main target. It was a nice enough day if a bit windy but we were surprised how few Butterflies were about, plenty of Red Admirals though and a couple of Brown Argus were a nice find, we staked out the main area for the Brown Hairstreak and eventually a female came along and indeed visited several times over the next few hours although it never settled for long, disappearing for long periods, there were plenty of Dragonflies to keep us entertained in between visits though. Very few birds, several roving Tit flocks, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers heard, a few Buzzards over and a nice bonus of a Hobby over, no doubt hunting the Dragonflies.
Southern Hawker

Migrant Hawker

lots of Red Admials

a couple of Brown Argus

and the star of the show, female Brown Hairstreak

Communal resting, there were up to nine together at one point

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