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