Friday, 23 June 2017

Down But Not Out....Quite.

After This amazing record of 20 Avocet on Conder Pool last Saturday,  my efforts three days later on Tuesday, turned up just five adult and only one young, that's a staggering fourteen birds - five adult and nine young - down on Saturdays count. But ne'er mind, lets be positive, they were probably all out of view in some hidden corner.

Avocet. Pete Woodruff.

The only young Avocet seen Tuesday, one of the 22 May birds, growing nicely and looking good....which is more than can be said for the photograph.

Common Tern Conder Pool 20 June. Pete Woodruff.

The Common Tern family were also looking good, with one of the young looking through the perspex like a kid at a bedroom window....excellent stuff.

A wander along the coastal path to Glasson Dock and return via the canal was rewarded by excellent views of a Sedge Warbler collecting insects for young, a Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, and Reed Bunting. Butterflies seen, 6 Red Admiral, 3 Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, and Speckled Wood

Emperor Dragonfly Marc Heath

Also along the canal, 2 Emperor Dragonflythese two patrolling males were easily recognised as a common and pretty conspicuous dragonfly of African origin, only recently colonising large parts of Northern Europe. It rarely settles, and is the only Anax in the UK of which the females oviposit without the male.

Thanks for the excellent image Marc.

A look in on the River Conder upstream from the A588 road bridge was well timed and lucky, as I briefly saw an Otter come out from underneath the riverbank to porpoise once before disappearing round the bend of the river. I pretty well knew I was wasting my time, but I went off in pursuit to see if I could get an advantage point to catch up with the Otter, but void of jumping over hedges and fences to trespass, the river wanders off into the unknown.    

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