Friday, 9 August 2013

9th August

Amidst the summer-y sight of recently fledged birds and massed insects, there was faint but distinct hint of autumn on the Avalon Marshes today in the form of a Pintail, the first i've seen here since April, forming the vanguard of our huge flocks of wintering wildfowl. A pair of Garganey alongside it at the 2nd viewing platform at Ham Wall RSPB were much more seasonal, and Greenshank and 2 Green Sandpipers were standard for early wader passage.

Young Little Grebe
A few Great White Egrets were scattered around various locations, these two birds both showing just a small back bill tip as remnants of breeding plumage

Dragonflies seem to be doing as well as the butterflies this year, with several different species patrolling the edges of paths and ditches.
Black-tailed Skimmer
Southern Hawker

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