Friday, 20 June 2014

All about the Hawkers!

Brian and I met at Strumpshaw at around 7.30 and spent the morning walking 'the loop' twice. Not too many birds (Buzzards, Bearded Tits, Marsh Harriers etc) but lots of Dragonflies and Butterflies. There were scores of Norfolk Hawkers (including a pair with a very 'devoted' male that flew tight circles around his mate while she oviposited!) still several Hairy Hawkers, a Southern, an Emperor and my first Brown Hawker of the year. Lots of Four-spotted and Scarce Chasers still and numbers of Black-tailed Skimmers are building up.

Today there were suddenly Ringlets, Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers everywhere, while just two Swallowtails put in an appearance...

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