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Monday, 4 July 2016

Strumpshaw Fen: all about the Odonata!

A quick early morning raid on the Fen produced neither sight nor sound of yesterday's Savi's Warbler, but the sun brought out a few interesting insects.

Scarce Chasers were everywhere along Lackford Run and the riverside: looking a bit tatty now, but still good to see. Lots of Black-tailed Skimmers, Common Darters and Norfolk Hawkers, too. Every Damselfly I examined was an Azure (apart from a few Banded Demoiselles, of course!)

Food-passing Marsh Harriers and juvenile birds were all over the reserve, as were Common Terns and Kingfishers, while two family groups of Bearded Tits patrolled the Lackford Run...

Back home a family of Magpies have taken over the garden: now where have they left the silver?


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