Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Summer Routine

It's been a while since I updated so I thought for continuity purposes I'd do more of a pictorial to keep the posts live. To be honest after the mayhem of the recent Grey Phalarope at Brandon Marsh things have settled into a normal summer schedule for me. Boat chores, butterflies, dragonfly's etc. That said most of the action has in fact taken place north of the county, where a Melodious Warbler is singing and showing well. Some excellent photos to be found on social media.

Turtle Dove - Wonderful to catch up with a couple of these gorgeous birds on my travels!
Four-spotted Chaser on one of the dipping ponds at Brandon!
I've stayed local, along with visits to Brandon Marsh and across county into Oxfordshire. The dragonfly list is ever growing, now that we're getting some decent sunny periods and includes: Four-spotted Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Broad-bodied Chaser, Brown Hawker and a stunning Emperor at Brandon Marsh today!

Painted Lady at Brandon Marsh - Turning out to be a decent year for these migrants.
Scorpion Fly - Another easily found photographic opportunity at Brandon
A busy Reed Bunting on the marina top field.
The marina is also a great place to be in the summer with nesting birds such as Reed Buntings, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Robin and for the third year in a row Lesser Whitethroat. Other regulars here include Mute Swans, which have produced five cygnets this time around and other species like Coot and Moorhen have both fledged young.

A juvenile Robin - Another successful breeder at the marina.
Lots of Bee-Orchids and Common Spotted Orchids currently around Brandon.