Sunday 5th August
Another extremely hot day today- I visited between 6.30am and 10am today.
I decided to park by Alders Lake today as I had a bit more time than normal. The first bird of the day was a Kingfisher calling and flying low across the lake. Walking on from here I added Jay and several young Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, also Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker. The scrape was quiet apart from a noisy family party of Reed Warbler. I decided to look around the round pond for Wasp Spider and amazed myself by finding one almost straight away. A really spectacular looking spider with an interesting zig-zag section to it's web.
PURPLE HAIRSTREAK (QUITE WORN)
ROESEL'S BUSH CRICKET
There were quite a number of Red Eyed Damsels, Brown Hawker, Common and Ruddy Darter, Emperor, Red Tailed and Blue Damsels around. But no Small Red Eyed here.
Walking back towards the car I at last added Small Red Eyed Damselfly near the dipping platform on the round pond. This species is expanding it's range rapidly and just a few short years ago was a extreme rarity in this country. Also around the pond were half a dozen or so Buff Tip Moth Caterpillar.
SMALL RED EYED DAMSELFLIES