Black-tailed Skimmer (c) 2009 Vince Cowell
Large Red Damselfly
The bird life was rather poor along the canal today. The highlight was a Barn Owl present at 10 & 11.30 am; whilst the most unexpected was an Oystercatcher, which flew over calling loudly. The only other waders seen were a pair of Lapwings. Also seen were a pair of Bullfinches, and a family of Goldcrests being fed in their nests. There were several Yellowhammers either side of the canal, plus a similar number of Reed Buntings. Warblers present included: Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, and a single Sedge Warbler. The most numerous member of the tribe were the Reed Warblers dotted at various points along the route. A Brimstone butterfly was the best butterfly present. In the morning a large hawker dragonfly was sighted whilst in the afternoon there were several fragile-looking blue damselflies and a single Large Red Damselfly. Not the most exciting venue visited this term!