Friday, 22 July 2016

Colne Valley Sightings

I've put together a short blog post of recent bird and insect sightings of note from my last few days here in the Colne Valley.

A couple of macro images taken in the Colne Valley Park. Weather has been very good recently with large numbers of dragonfly species on the wing. Took a Butterfly count also yesterday while out at Stocker's Lake Nature Reserve. Butterfly numbers were very productive with 7 species recorded including a stunning Clouded Yellow.

This female Common Darter below was photographed at Black Park Lake on 20th. Stunning insects when seen close up through a macro lens. One of many Common Darters present. The numbers of dragonflies present around the lake did not go unnoticed as 3 Hobby spent several hours hawking them high above the lake.

Lovely views of this Black-tailed Skimmer at Stocker's Lake Nature reserve, Hertfordshire yesterday on 21st July. Other species seen included several Emperor Dragonfly, Common Darter, Four-spotted Chaser and Southern Hawker.
Black-tailed Skimmer
Distant shot but nice view of the underwing of this Comma Buttefly perched on a nettle leaf at Stocker's Lake yesterday afternoon while doing my Butterfly count
Worker Honey Bee

Wasp chewing up wood for it's nest

Common Wasp on gate fence post
Stocker's Lake sightings 21st/July 2016:
1 Lesser spotted Woodpecker, 30+ Reed & Sedge Warbler, 3 Hobby, 1 Goldeneye Duck, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Garden Warbler and 3 Kingfisher were interesting birds of note.

Black Park Lake sightings 19th-22nd July:
3 Hobby over main lake in very hot weather. Lots of Blackcap, Garden Warbler and Great spotted Woodpeckers present. On the lake, 2 pairs of Great Crested Grebes showing well.
Other daily sightings of note include Red Kite, Ring-necked Parakeet, Stock Dove, Tawny Owl, Green Woodpecker and Muntjac Deer.

Great Crested Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Stocker's Lake

Stocker's Lake- This section had lots of Reed Warblers

Stocker's Lake

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