Friday, 11 September 2015

Last Swallowtail of the Summer? Garganey on the year-list!

A grabbed couple of hours at Strumpshaw looked to be heading for just a good walk in the sunshine until I reached Tower Hide. A couple of Little Egrets were nice to watch close-up, while Kingfisher and Marsh Harrier added to the interest.

Out of nowhere a newly-emerged Swallowtail flew in and flopped onto the island in front of the hide: almost impossible to see, never mind photograph! Another flew overhead as I walked west along the riverbank.

At least two Garganey were lounging around in the sun on the spit, while a couple of Wigeon suggested the Autumn is nearly upon us....

Last photo-op was the dyke by the rail crossing, which held at least a dozen Willow Emeralds, as well as lots of Southern, Migrant and Brown Hawkers.








3 comments:

chris said...

Hi David. Was there today also. Did you see Ruff there? about five of them. Did see some good butterflies { Comma Speck wood Red admirals } and dragons. But unfortunately not any Swalowtails Regards Chris

David said...

Hi Chris: no, no Ruff on my visit - the water level was too high for waders! Did you see the Garganey?

chris said...

Hi David yes we did.just saw these waders five in all flying around landing in the water and swimming. Someone had recorded seeing Ruff on the record list.I think that is what they were but not sure