Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Where are all the Birds?

Yesterday we had our penultimate visit to Hempholme Meadows.  It felt like June with much fewer birds seen than our 2012 visits, and plenty of insects.  The young Great Tits were almost ready to leave.   The class members had 2 views of a Kingfisher along the beautifully named Scurf Dyke, but I had a brief view of a mustelid running along the far bank being bombarded by a Swallow.  It seemed too dark and large for a Weasel or a Stoat, so it may have been a Mink!
Orange-Tips (c) 2014 Maggie Bruce
 Willow Warbler (c) 2014 Maggie Bruce
 Adult Great Tit
 Juvenile Great Tit
 Adult Removing Fecal Sac
 Mute Swan
 Orange-Tip (female)
 Flies (c) 2014 Maggie Bruce
 Variable? Damselflies (c) 2014 Maggie Bruce
 Azure Damselfly (c) 2014 Maggie Bruce


iveneverkilledapipit said...

The damselfly is azure. For variable the U marking on the 2nd segment is connected with a line at the bottom so it's shaped like a wine glass.

Michael Flowers said...

Thanks Rob. I've updated the blog - cheers