Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Breakfast Birding and Brief Visits

Having breakfast on our patio is usually an infrequent treat but this summer it is becoming the norm. Between mouthfuls of cereal this morning though it was unexpected to see two small flocks of lapwings flying west over the garden totalling 22 birds and finally I caught up with the crossbills that I have been hearing for over a week and a half, seeing and hearing 21 birds, a welcome garden tick. I then had to go down to Hampshire and stopped on the way at Thursley Common but only for a very brief visit. Whilst many of the ditches and pools were drying up, I managed to see a couple of new species for me, namely black darter and emerald damselfly.

Black Darter, male.

Emerald Damselfly, female

1 comment:

Greenie said...

John ,
A slip of the keypad I think .
Your Black species is a Darter -
Sympetrum danae , not a Skimmer .
No Raft Spiders ?
Great couple of ticks for the garden .