Thursday, 16 May 2013

16th May

I spent most of the day Bittern monitoring on Shapwick Heath NNR, of course, most of my attention was focussed on the Bitterns, but when you're sat in a reedbed for several hours its impossible not to notice a few other things:

Hobbies reached their highest count of the year, with 28 overhead at one time
including these 2 together

This male Bearded Tit gave great views but never showed his whole self at one time

Damselflies: i'll try and identify them later!

Reed Warblers were singing all over the place


  1. The Damselflies look like Variable Damselflies to me. Note the broken antehumeral stripe on the male and the mercury mark on segment 2 of the blue female.

  2. Thanks Brett. I'm still getting my head around these little blue things, but those are some useful pointers


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