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Saturday, 22 May 2010

First Speckled Woods & Damsels Fri 21-5-10

Last time I was out on the bike I thought I had seen Speckled Wood Butterflies and today I got two in the same spot I found one last year ,two spiralled around chasing each other through the trees and one landed back on its Bramble patch bathed in sun, I tried to get them as they flew put I can't focus quick enough, also had my first Damsels of the year thought it would be Large Red but the first I saw Common Blue, and imm Blue Tailed , I did see one Lge Red just as I left but only briefly, there should be lots around in the next few days .
I have started a Dragonfly Blog which should be online in the next week its just somewhere I can put my photos etc. its just to help me learn about them and I can group the photos by species, it will also include the few I have encountered abroad.
Called in to West Hartford I see someone has been driving across the pond and site in a 4x4, large group of House Martins coming down for mud, a pair of Shellduck, 4 Oystercatcher, it is still popular with dog walkers and fly tippers a complete bathroom suite having been dumped still I like to call in now and again you never know what you might find.

Not in focus i know but just to give the idea of the chase

This the second one chose to rest right on top of a discarded wrapper
Imm Blue-tailed
Common Blue
Slodier Beetle if memory serves


abbey meadows said...

I'm still looking for Speckled woods around here Brian. I usually see them later in the year.

Northumbrian Birding said...

Last year I had them at numerous locations and expect more this year,going to check sites even nearer to home with this warm (dare I say Hot)weather.

kirstallcreatures said...

Those Speckled Wood's are feisty characters aren't they, they're plentiful down here in Leeds and probably ones of my most regular butterfly sightings. Ive tried and failed many times to capture them in aerial battle, like you say they're too darn fast. Lovely to see the damselflies starting to emerge. Linda

Northumbrian Birding said...

Thanks Linda I only saw my first in I think 2008, so looking forward to the challenge of getting them in flight.