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  • Steve Graham
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    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.

    Cheers
    Steve

    andrewmccafferty
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    I’m glad I spotted your post Steve, hadn’t thought of this as a good place for butterflies!
    I went up on Saturday lunchtime, and saw your Small PBFs again in good number, and took some photos:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/tbNnnRzwPymtqa5n9

    Steve Graham
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    Hi Andy

    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!

    Cheers
    Steve

    Steve Graham
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    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.

    Cheers
    Steve

    andrewmccafferty
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    Ooh, I only saw Four-spotted Chaser, must go up and have another look! Are those ones you mentioned already out?

    Steve Graham
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    Hi Andy

    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.

    Cheers
    Steve

    andrewmccafferty
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    Finger crossed for a bit of rain then!

    Steve Graham
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    Hi Andy

    Keeled Skimmer ovipositing on 17/6. Record from Lancs Dragonfly FB Group.

    Cheers
    Steve

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