Brian and I spent a sunny - but very windy - day in the North Dunes.
Despite being 'on the birdmap' the Red-backed Shrike was (according to the NWT warden) long gone.. One piece of information, though, was that he'd watched several Common Hawkers emerging at the Kidney Pool the previous day. We spent two half-hour sessions scrutinising every rush stem: no Common Hawkers and no Southern Emeralds, just a handful of Emerald Damsels and four exuvia that looked promising. (Help!)
Several families of Stonechats (several with leg-irons) and lots of Buzzards, including a group of five.
Last stop was Upton Fen. Here I'm 90% certain we saw at least two Common Hawkers in flight, as well as dozens of Browns, Southerns and Migrants. Also: an intriguing Darter with yellow veins and tangerine patches. (Help!)