Steve GrahamParticipantJune 14, 2021 at 4:47 pmPost count: 103
Walk from Rigg Lane car park to Ottergear Bridge and back via the Bog.
Mainly going for insects but birds performed as well.
Willow W still at least 7S
Cuckoo 1 male int. calling.
Redstart 1 int. singing just W of the bridge. Don’t think I have heard one here before.
Stonechat 2 family parties just W of bridge. At least 7 juvs present.
Despite suboptimal weather, c17C and partial cloud, insects performed well.
SPB Fritillary- an incredible 51 counted mainly on Marsh Thistle around and on the Bog. The population was pretty dire here just a few years ago.
Large Skipper – single, my first of the year.
Painted Lady – tatty individual on Thistles.
Small Heath – 5
Also GV White & Speckled Wood.
Large Red Damselfly 3
4-spot Chaser at least 20 flying around the Bog.
SteveandrewmccaffertyKeymasterJune 21, 2021 at 3:57 pmPost count: 45Steve GrahamParticipantJune 22, 2021 at 1:00 pmPost count: 103
Glad you got to see them. I think a combination of spring 2020 and this year weather wise and plenty of Marsh Thistles have really helped the SPBF here. As previously mentioned glad to see them away from the usual limestone hotspots for a change!
SteveSteve GrahamParticipantJune 22, 2021 at 1:03 pmPost count: 103
Forgot to mention it is a very good dragonfly site as well although the bog could dry out unless we get some decent rain soon.
Golden-ringed, Keeled Skimmer and Common Hawker amongst others.
SteveandrewmccaffertyKeymasterJune 22, 2021 at 5:49 pmPost count: 45
Ooh, I only saw Four-spotted Chaser, must go up and have another look! Are those ones you mentioned already out?Steve GrahamParticipantJune 23, 2021 at 8:19 amPost count: 103
Not yet. Should all be on the wing in July/August. BT Skimmer is a possible as well. Seen there in untypical habitat a few years ago.
Should have a chance of Black Darter in August as well.
SteveandrewmccaffertyKeymasterJune 23, 2021 at 8:43 amPost count: 45
Finger crossed for a bit of rain then!
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