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Friday, 5 October 2007

4/5-10-07 Thursday /Friday

Thursday & Friday
Thursday started off at Bothal Pond hundreds of Lapwings and a good assortment of ducks but no waders, passed Longhirst Flash with a couple of Mallard & two Heron, Linton was the next stop always a good number of gulls here but did not pick out anything special again no waders, so my next stop was East Chevington with 7 Curlew Sandpiper & three Little Stints amongst the Dunlin on the South pool, Teal ,Mallard & Wigeon numbers building up and a flock of Barnacle in the far fields, from the central hide could only pick out one Redshank a three Snipe with a Sparrowhawk over ,plenty of gulls & duck numbers here also up from my last visit, Druridge pools on the way back but no waders here either Kingfisher calling but not seen, last stop Cresswell two Greenshank and a single Ruff brought and end to the day.
Friday again a nice sunny day so I thought I would go to Big Waters in the hope of some Dragonflies at the small pool a Speckled Wood landed briefly but I could not get a photo nor could I get one of a Common Hawker as it landed in front of the hide actually there was a good number of Hawkers wherever the hot sunny and sheltered spots where there would be a Hawker or two flying high, they would come to rest but not long enough to photograph , I did get the Kingfisher.
Arcot , Holywell ( all the grass has been cut ) and St Mary's on the way home but sadly nothing special, I was thrilled with the Butterfly and new Dragonfly (Common Hawker) being fairly new into these, but disappointed at no photographs.


Boulmer Birder said...

Hello Brian, are you sure about the dragons being common hawkers? Its just that they are an upland peaty pools species. In the lowlands Southern and Migrant Hawkers are more likely?

Brian said...

I am sure it was Common Hawker I saw with blue on the first segment,but I like to get a photo to confirm, I have been told of Common Hawkers at Druridge and Cresswell by AJ ,my book states preferance for moorland ,but also for Black Darter which I have found near the coast.
The photo shown is Migrant Hawker if that is what you refer