With a pond in our garden, although we are in a built-up area, we do still get the occasional Odonata (dragonfly & damselfly) species. However, this was the first time I've ever seen a Brown Hawker in the garden - to the best of my knowledge these usually prefer larger areas of water, and canals. This, by the body shape, was a female (males have a waisted appearance at segments 2-3). My book says that females do not have the blue spots seen on these segments on the males, but this one clearly has blue spots.
|Brown Hawker (female) - our garden|
A few days later, I was dismantling the summer-house in the garden. I knew that we used to have mice living under it but was still quite surprised, when I lifted the floor, to see the huge amount of debris from their occupation - mainly black sunflower husks and hazelnut shells. Also, I was not expecting to find a Frog and a Toad under here - we don't get many toads in our garden.
|Common Frog - our garden|
|Common Toad - our garden|