Monday, July 30, 2012

Bonby Bits......

Riverine habitat on the Carrs.

Female Graphomyia maculata.
A wander down the patch today at Bonby,saw a few nice sightings,with a couple of Little Egret feeding in the wet grassland,showing nicely,a great start.It seems such a long time ago since i saw my first at Frampton Marsh in 1988,how fortunes have changed for this stunning heron,with it breeding at several places now in the county and some large roosts of hundreds are seen in the Wash.Also seen in the same area and a sign of things to come,were a couple of Greenshank,stopping off on their southerly migration to refuel and they soon flew off calling after seeing the strange person looking at them.Bird migration is so fascinating,when you think these birds could have bred in Scotland or Scandinavia and are migrating to Africa for the winter and most probably juvenile birds which have never done this before,fantastic stuff!.Other birds seen included more common fare,with some lovely sightings of a male Yellowhammer,juvvie Great-spotted Woodpecker and Common Buzzard.A few insects were seen also and included a new species of Odonata for the patch,a male Black-tailed Skimmer and a couple of Large White flitted along one of the many ditches.An enjoyable few hours.

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