Naturelog: Thursday 8th August

Posted: August 9, 2013 in Birds, Butterflies and Moths, Dragonflies, London, Natural History, UK
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A walk around the Tarn this afternoon as I hadn’t done a butterfly count there for over a week and I wanted to get one more done before the Big Butterfly Count ends on Sunday.


The butterfly list was short with mostly Small Whites plus a couple of Large Whites and a single Gatekeeper. There was no sign of the patrolling Emperor Dragonfly although there were a few Blue-tailed and Azure Damselflies.

Gatekeeper Butterfly

Gatekeeper Butterfly

Azure Damselfly

Azure Damselfly

However Birds were to top the bill on this visit. As I returned to the entrance I saw a bird fly away across the lake towards the area of the sluice gate and immediately located it that area – A Grey Wagtail (my second in two days). This is the first record for this year of a species that is seen annually on the Tarn most commonly during the Autumn.

Our resident Amphibian on his usual sunning perch

Our resident Amphibian on his usual sunning perch

Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)

Large White (Pieris brassicae)
Small White (Artogeia rapae)
Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)

Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)
Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella)

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