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Third Willowherb to the Right!

Sunday, August 4th 2013

Our Dragonfly Safari took place this morning and we hoped to see several species of both dragonflies and damselflies around Rabbit Wood out on the training area.  Unfortunately the wind had not looked at our events page and it was almost blowing a gale!  Not good for any flying insects.  The bees were hanging onto thistle flowers, butterflies were sitting low in the vegetation and very few damselflies were daring to take to the wing!  Even birds were struggling to fly.

We visited Willmire Crater next and fared little better.

Visiting the Crater

Weather permitting we will be back there towards the end of the month to ring the Meadow Pipits who flock there to feed.  Some were seen flying.

Our final stop was much more shelterd and in the sunny less windy places darters and some dragonflies were seen flying.  One eventually settled, a Southern Hawker.  However trying to pinpoint its exact position lent itself to many excellent directions!  'Stand here, look up the path, just to the right.'  'Look half way up the path, past the tree on the left and look right, and down a bit.'  And finally  'Move this way, look up the path, third willowherb to the right.' 

Looking for the dragonfly

The next job was to try to get a  photograph.  Height was important, Elizabeth was just too small!  So this is the photo that Adam took.  Thank you.

Dragonfly on the thrid willowherb to the right!

Thank you to Keith and June for sharing their knowledge throughout our walk.  Thanks also to Tony and Adam for ensuring that we visited the different sites without getting lost.


(1) Comments:

Chris Bell responded on 4th Aug 2013 with...

You guys were lucky!  When me and Mark Hewitt did a dragonfly day at Foxglove back in 2005 (so long ago!!) we has a constant downpour the whole day.  Somehow we still went ahead and even managed to keep some of the attendees awake (most of the time).


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