Today was Bev's day off work and with the sun shining we decided to pay a re-visit to Monkwood Nature Reserve.
There were many butterflies on the wing although numbers of White Admiral had decreased. This time we only saw 4. Also of interest were 1 Silver-washed Fritillary and 4 Purple Hairstreaks. Meadow Browns and Ringlets were numerous, but only 2 Speckled Wood and 2 Gatekeepers were noted. There were still a few Large Skippers present along with a handful of Small Skippers. 2 Red Admirals and 3 Comma were also noted.
Monkwood also held a good variety of Dragonflies and damselflies. An immature ♂ Southern Hawker was present near the carpark and 4 Brown Hawkers were noted from a number of locations. Common Darters were also present along a number of the rides.
At the pools there were at least 3♂ Ruddy Darters present, with 3 Broad-bodied Chasers (2♂ & 1♀) and a ♂ Emperor Dragonfly also of note. On the middle pool there were 6+ ♂ Emerald Damselflies. Also recorded were Azure, Blue-tailed and Large Red Damselflies.
From Monkwood we headed over to the nearby Camp Lane pits at Grimley. On arrival at the North end we were greeted by the sight of a Little Egret and 3 Common Terns. Not long afterwards a Hobby came through hawking low over the lagoons for dragonflies. The aerial acrobatics of this agile raptor were just superb...I really do never tire of seeing Hobby!
Dragonflies were very much in evidence here (as also noticed by the Hobby) with Black-tailed Skimmers and Common Darter being the most numerous. A single ♀ Four-spotted Chaser and a ♂ Emperor Dragonfly were also noted.
From Camp Lane we headed over to Top Barn farm shop for some refreshments and sat enjoying the sun's rays as we tucked into our freshly prepared baguettes. On day's like this you forget what a crap summer it had been up until recently!
Welcome to Shenstone Birder. The aim of this blog is to share my wildlife experiences from places that I visit in search of fauna and flora.
This blog has evolved from what was my local patch blog 'Shenstone Birder'. All Shenstone Birder posts will remain on this blog as the serve as an historic record of species recorded within that area (Shenstone, Stone, Summerfield and Captains Pool)