Sunday, May 22, 2016

Dairy Update #43

From a birding perspective Brandon Marsh was particularly quiet today, the only addition being a Black-tailed Godwit, which dropped onto East Marsh Pool for an hour or so mid morning! Warblers are still very vocal around the reserve and today of note three separate Garden Warblers, one of which offered itself up for a photo opportunity.

Garden Warbler - Brandon Marsh
With the birding slow a walk with the Sunday regulars through Horsetail Glade, Farm Field and the top reedbeds in search of bugs, odanata and butterflies. No dragonflies to be found, despite the warm conditions but Large Red Damselfly, Azure Damselfly and  Blue-tailed Damselfly all recorded.

Wasp Beetle - Canon SX50 Macro!
Several bugs included Froghopper, Cardinal Beetle and the amazing looking Wasp Beetle. Also recorded my first Cinnabar Moth of the season and even with the warmer conditions mid morning only a few butterflies to mention: (3) Orange Tip, (4) Green-veined White, (2) Brimstone and single Small White.