Monday, May 23, 2016

Diary Update #44

By the time I arrived at Brandon Marsh this morning I'd missed the Marsh Harrier over Alban's Reedbed. Although as I post this update I see it was seen again at 18:30hrs this evening.

Small Copper on River Meadow
With the birding still quiet my morning was spent with the butterflies, bugs and dragonflies and I finally connected with my first ever Hairy Dragonfly for Brandon, a species that was only noted for the first time here last year. Unfortunately, that was only one of two dragonfly species seen today, the other a Brown Hawker at Ted Jury Hide.

Sun Fly (hoverfly)
Lots of Banded Demoiselle damselflies on the wing down on River Meadow and here a year first Small Copper butterfly and a Small Yellow Underwing moth. My 'bug shot' of the day was a Sun Fly, which according to legend only appears when the sun shines! It's scientific name Helophilus pendulus apparently means "dangling marsh-lover"

Small Yellow Underwing Moth
Other butterflies noted today included: (2) Brimstone, Comma, (2) Large White, (2) Red Admiral (3) Speckled Wood, Peacock and (8) Green-veined White.