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I have been so occupied with material from holidays away from home that I have not done any blog posts about day to day wildlife events at home and its close surrounds after the end of May. This blog post will start the catchup process by covering events in June not previously covered.
Wednesday, 2nd June Garden
For a change, the pair of Mallards that had been visiting our garden on a regular basis, turned up mid-evening, rather than before dawn, which had been their norm.
|Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) (female) - garden on 2nd June, 2021|
We have been doing quite well for corvids in the garden this year, with visits from Carrion Crow and Magpie, and occasionally Jackdaw - a species that, hitherto, has only rarely been seen in the garden. Sadly, Jay has, so far, been absent.
|Jackdaw (Coloeus monedula) - garden on 5th June, 2021|
|Coxcomb Prominent (Ptilodon capucina) - from garden on 5th June, 2021|
|Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi) - from garden on 5th June, 2021|
Saturday, 12th June Saltersford Valley Country Park
I'd not been to Saltersford Valley for a couple of weeks so set off that afternoon to see what the dragonfly situation was like there. It proved to be a worthwhile visit, with two species of dragonfly ID'd (others seen at a distance) and five species of damselfly.
|Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) (male) - Saltersford Valley|
|Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense) (male) - Saltersford Valley|
Damselflies were numerous.
|Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella) (male) - Saltersford Valley|
|Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans) (male+female) - Saltersford Valley|
|Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) (male) - Saltersford Valley|
|Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) (female) - Saltersford Valley|
I failed to get any shots of Red-eyed Damselfly.
There was non-odonate interest there too. A Common Tern was zooming around for a while and, at one point, caught a small Pike. However, that shot didn't make the grade - this one just scrapes in!
|Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) - Saltersford Valley|
|Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) (chick) - Saltersford Valley|
|Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) - Saltersford Valley|
|Mustard Beetle (Phaedon cochleariae) - Saltersford Valley|
|Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus) (female) - Saltersford Valley|
|Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus) (female) - Saltersford Valley|
It had been a short (just under two hours) but worthwhile visit.
Tuesday, 15th June Heather Lake
A late morning visit to Heather Lake, three days later, was not as productive photography-wise. Although reasonably warm and sunny, there was a stiff breeze. All was not helped by much of the lake-edge vegetation having been removed, leaving little for damsels and dragons to settle on. Reasonable numbers were seen however, including Emperor (4), Four-spotted Chaser (2), Broad-bodied Chaser (3), Banded Demoiselle (1), Blue-tailed Damselfly (recorded as 6-20), and Common Blue Damselfly (recorded as 101-500!). Most of my photos were not satisfactory.
|Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans) (male) -Heather Lake|
|Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) (male) -Heather Lake|
I did also photograph this bee in a sheltered position.
|Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) (worker - pale form) - Heather Lake|
|White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes) (male) - Ashby Canal, Snarestone|
|Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans) (male+female) - Ashby Canal, Snaresone|
|Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella) (male+female) - Ashby Canal, Snarestone|
|Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) (female) - Ashby Canal, Snarestone|
|Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) (male) -Ashby Canal, Snarestone|
|Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) - Ashby Canal, Snarestone|
|Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) (juvenile) - garden on 21st June, 2021|
|Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) (female) - Sence Valley FP|
|Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) (male) - Sence Valley FP|
|Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) (male) - Sence Valley FP|
|Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) (male) - Sence Valley FP|
|Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella) (male) -Sence Valley FP|
|Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) (female) -Sence Valley FP|
|Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) (male) - Calke Park|
|Fallow Deer (Dama dama) - Calke Park|
|Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) (male) - garden on 29th June, 2021|
|Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) (juvenile) - garden on 29th June, 2021|
|Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) (male) - garden on 29th June, 2021|
|Blackbird (Turdus merula) - garden on 29th June, 2021|