The coolness of the morning kept most of the birds very quiet, my early morning visit to the College Grounds once again producing very little of note. A pair of BULLFINCH was seen along Ashes Lane, and a LITTLE OWL flew from the old shack that is in the Ashes lane Field, another was on its usual perch on the Greenhouse roof, two SPARROWHAWKS and a KESTREL were up hunting over Migrant Alley, where the female MANDARIN DUCK flew over heading for the Wet Woods.
I had a long breakfast when I got home from the early walk, and waited for the day to warm up a bit before going over to the Lakes and Scrubby Woods. I arrived at 10:00hrs and was soon hunting for Damsels as the birding is so slow at this time of year, mind you I did see a BUZZARD up overhead, and heard singing from CHIFFCHAFF, BLACKCAP, and SONGTHRUSH. I also came across the first fledgeling BLUE TITS of the spring, another successful breeder confirmed for my patch this year :-) A JAYS nest was found with 5 eggs in, hopefully they will hatch out sometime this month.
The Damsel and Dragonfly search produced lots of Azures, Large Reds and two Broad Bodied Chasers, also a single Common Blue Damsel, my first of the year :-)
|Common Blue Damselfly|
|Common Blue damselfly|
|Lovely Bronze coloured female Beautiful Demoiselle, Note the white spots on the wing tips|
|Female Beautiful Demoiselle|
|Not sure about this beastie, could be a May Fly ?|
|Mating Azure Damsels|
|This almost mature female Beautiful Demoiselle had two legs missing|
|A closer look at the missing legs!|
|It still caught and ate lunch though :-)|