Little Egrets have been a fairly common sight on North Meadow and Frogsham Meadow feeding on invertebrates in the soft mud left by the flooding. There are sometimes 10 or more feeding together.
Large numbers of Common Darter dragonflies on the meadow today. This one was on the fence by the entrance gate. Continue reading “Common Darter”
Large numbers of recently emerged Banded Demoiselles (Calopteryx splendens) on the River Thames at the top of North Meadow. They can also be seen along the River Churn. The males have a metallic blue-green body whilst the body of the females is metallic green. Continue reading “Banded Demoiselle”
Great White Egret feeding on soft mud now that flood water has receded. Little White Egrets and Black Headed Gulls are also regular visitors in the last few weeks. Picture taken from North Meadow main entrance so not a great picture as it was on the far side of the meadow.
Grey Wagtail seen on Frogsham Meadow in the Willows close to the Causeway road.
Delighted to see the bright yellow/orange of a Clouded Yellow Butterfly fluttering around me as I removed some barbed wire fencing pushed over by the cattle yesterday.
It did settle near me and I was able to get a this photo. They always settle with their wings closed. You can read more about this butterfly on the UKButterfly website which also has pictures of the colourful upper side of the wings normally only seen in flight.
16 Little Egrets on North Meadow today
This male Common Darter Dragonfly was seen flying over the River Thames at the top of North Meadow, occasionally resting on the post at the bottom of the picture. Continue reading “Common Darter Dragonfly”
I disturbed this brightly coloured day flying moth in several locations on my walk this morning.
Saw several Large Skipper butterflies on Friday. The slight chequered pattern on the wings and the prominent dark line (sex brand) distinguish it from the Small Skipper.