Monday, June 06, 2016

Diary Update #48

Sunday's visit to Brandon Marsh began cool and overcast but eventually yielded a couple of year firsts on the butterfly front, with both Large Skipper and Small Heath recorded on Farm Field, when the sun finally broke through in the early afternoon.

Small Heath on Farm Field
Monday I met up with Jim Timms for a good tour of the reserve, mainly looking for butterflies and odanata, Jim being a real enthusiast and a great knowledge base for these things!

Garganey on East Marsh pool
We met in the Wright Hide mid morning for a look at a newly arrived Garganey, although it wasn't one of the most pristine birds I've ever seen it was my first at Brandon this year, having missed out on an earlier visitor.

Red-eyed Damselfly
From here we checked out Swallow Pool, a good place for Red-eyed Damselfly, with around fifteen or so showing on the lily pads. A visit to East Marsh Hide produced Hobby, along with the usual selection of waders and Teal Pool revealed a very camouflaged Green Sandpiper, which was asleep sunning itself on top of a tree stump. While at Carlton and Ted Jury Hides at least five Four-spotted Chaser dragonfly and a selection of Large Red, Common and Azure Damselfly.

Brown Argus on 'Tip' area
Plenty of Banded Demoiselle on the River Meadow, along with a single Small Copper butterfly, but the highlight here was a cracking Emperor Dragonfly, which was patrolling the River Avon. Moths included Chimney Sweeper, Burnet Companion, Cinnabar, and Small Yellow Underwing.

Black-tailed Skimmer
By the time we'd completed the 'Tip' area, Farm Field and Top Reedbed butterflies of note included: Painted Lady, (2) Brown Argus, Large Skipper, Small Heath, 20+ Common Blue and various counts of Peacock, Small White, Green-vein White and Brimstone. Moths included Mother Shipton and we ended an enjoyable day with a Black-tailed Skimmer dragonfly!

Next stop Spain....