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BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND..........STONECHAT HAWTHORNTHWAITE FELL PETE WOODRUFF

Thursday, 18 June 2020

A Good Day On The Bog....What!

Keeled Skimmer/Large Red Damselfly Pete Woodruff Clik The Pik

It was excellent that I found a pair of Keeled Skimmer on the bog at Birk Bank yesterday, with the/a female ovipositing. I was also pleased to see a pair of Large Red Damselflies coupled, a male Broad-bodied Chaser was being seen off by the male skimmer every time it came close.

Over the bog and on a circuit via Cragg Wood and back down Littledale Road to return along Rigg Lane, 8 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary seen. When I arrived at the stream which is the young River Conder flowing over the ford by Cragg Cottage, I sat a while to eventually spot a dragonfly shooting over the surface, it turned out to be a Golden-ringed Dragonfly which was the main reason for my heading that way....Brilliant.

Birds on the day were as much to be heard than seen. Sightings started of with a surge of excitement when I came across a smart male Stonechat just a few minutes after leaving the car park on Rigg Lane, but it was disappointingly the only one seen in the 5 hours spent there. Up to 5 Garden Warbler and similar Blackcap heard, uncounted but probably 10 Willow Warbler, 4 Mistle Thrush and very few Meadow Pipit, a crouching female Red Grouse probably had young with it, up to 4 Wren singing, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Robin, and a Spotted Flycatcher on the woodland edge at Cragg Wood, with House Martin seen entering nests at Cragg Cottage. 

Butterflies were a bit thin, but noted 6 Small Tortoiseshell, a Red Admiral and Meadow Brown seen.

I had an interesting conversation with the gamekeeper at Cragg Cottage, during which I secured his permission to enter Cragg Wood with the proviso that I did so before the end of August.

3 comments:

Agnieszka Mikołajczyk said...

Nice

Richard Pegler said...

Not much chance of me seeing a Keeled Skimmer or a Golden-ringed Dragonfly this year, Pete, due to this damned virus. Was booked to be in the New Forest for a week next month where both would probably have been dear certs!

I'm not sure what has happened to the butterflies this year. The season started brilliantly but seems to have suddenly dropped off.

Take great care - - - Richard

Pete Woodruff said...

Agnieszka....Thank you for looking in on B2B.

Richard....I was quite impressed with the 8 SPBF, but otherwise, 8 others for 5 hours was pretty depressing.