Naturelog: Thursday 26th June (3)

Posted: June 28, 2014 in Birds, Butterflies and Moths, Dragonflies, Natural History
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Final stop on Catch up Thursday is my home patch, the Tarn.

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There is not as much activity at the pond as earlier in the week, but Azure Damselfly and Large Red Damselfly are still present.

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By the side of the Tarn I find 3 Comma butterflies in the vegetation and as I am standing photographing them a Red Admiral flies past.

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There are a few damselflies on the Tarn and I identify a male Common Blue and a male Blue-tailed damselfly. A large party of Canada geese appear from the golf course. In all there are 4 adults and 15 young ones in the party. It is interesting to see the different stages of development in the young – some are beginning to look like Canada Geese but other shows no signs of the distinctive markings.

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There are also a number of mallard broods around the Tarn

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At the end of 3 surveys in one day I feel rather like our resident Terrapin and am looking forward to sitting down and having a rest. But its been a great day with some fabulous sightings.

Its such hard work being a Terrapin!

Its such hard work being a Terrapin!

Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
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)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Great Spotted Woodpecker [sp] (Dendrocopos major)
Eurasian Jay [sp] (Garrulus glandarius)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Large White (Pieris brassicae)
Small White (Artogeia rapae)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Small Tortoiseshell [sp] (Aglais urticae)
Comma Butterfly (Polygonia c-album)
Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
Large Skipper [sp] (Ochlodes venatus)

Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)
Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)
Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)
Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella)
Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)
Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)
Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)

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