Archive for June 24, 2014

A warm sunny afternoon and a good excuse to quit work for a while and go and walk around the Tarn in search of Dragonflies and Butterflies. My first stop is the pond and its clear that the Azure damselflies are very active. There are also some Large Red Damselflies and a single Blue-Tailed female (I had a single male last time – so maybe they will meet up).

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Onto the Tarn where there were 2 Broad-Bodied Chasers patrolling. In the vegetation I found a Green-Veined White butterfly (first of the year for the site). In the flower Garden at the eastern end I spotted a Comma butterfly (another year first for the site).

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The young Greylag Geese are growing fast and the oldest group now resemble their parents. There was also a group of mallard chicks on the Tarn plus some young Coot.

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Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
European Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)

Small White (Artogeia rapae)
Green-veined White [sp] (Artogeia napi)
Comma Butterfly (Polygonia c-album)

Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)
Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella)
Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)