Thursday, 12 July 2018

Ruddy Darter

Sunny, 24°, light NE.

A steady walk out to the Lees and beyond this afternoon and another warm day. The dyke and several ditches out there have dried up which does not bode well for aquatic life that resides there.

Several Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting present and a few Sedge and Reed Warbler.

2 Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk and 2 Grey Heron seen and Swift and Swallow feeding overhead.

Nuthatch heard nearby from the garden and a Blackbird pinching gooseberries from our garden bush, Great-spotted Woodpecker still visiting.

Dragonflies: Banded Demoiselle, Brown Hawker, Southern Hawker, Emperor, Common Darter & a Ruddy Darter (first for the year).

Butterflies: Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Brimstone, Large White (in abundance), Small White, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell (far fewer), Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown & Ringlet.

Ruddy Darter
Blackbird and Gooseberry
 Ruddy Darter
Corn Bunting
This dyke usually full of water is now dry!

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