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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Cumbrian Insect day

As there had been no news on the Sabine’s Gull at Carr Vale since around 1-30pm on Saturday and still none early this morning I decided on Plan B and headed over to Foulshaw Moss in Cumbria hoping for a Dragonfly tick in the form of White Faced Darter, however upon arrival I found out with good weather through May they had hatched early this year and had already gone over, one of the perils of short flight periods if you don't hit it right you miss them, plenty of Black Darters about though plus lots of Common Lizard basking on the boardwalks, birdwise there were a couple of the Ospreys sat on a distant tree, a Buzzard over and breeding Lesser Redpolls. After lunch I went round to Arnside Knot which was rather quiet considering it was a nice afternoon, surprisingly no Scotch Argus about but I did eventually get onto a very active High Brown Fritillary that fortunately kept returning to the same area so I got some decent views in the end.
Blue Tailed Damsel

Azure Damsel

Large Red Damsel

Common Darters

Basking Lizards

female Black Darter

some mighty fine males too

don't know what this one was up to

quite a few Large Skippers around as well

Whitbarrow Scar across the road

Ringlet at Arnside Knot

Meadow Brown

High Brown Fritillary

and Small Skipper

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