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Sunday, 31 May 2009

Very Scarce Chasers

A visit to an area in the Waveney valley just south of Lowestoft is always a delight in late Spring and Summer. This is to search for a number of dragonfly species, in particular the Scarce Chaser.
It lived up to its name admirably by not showing at all today. Their flight period is between late May and late July so they should really be around. But although the weather was hot there was also a strong cooling North wind, not ideal weather to photograph Dragonflies! 
However, up to 5 Four Spotted Chasers were seen and 4 Hairy Hawkers flew around the dykes.
A Cuckoo called in the distance, whilst 1 of 2 singing Garden Warblers eventually showed itself to me in bushes beside the path just past the meadow.
Near the railway line a Marsh Tit and 2 juvenile Long- tailed Tits were also seen.
I'll have to visit the site again soon and try again!

Back in the garden in the late afternoon, a Painted Lady butterfly briefly alighted onto a stone beneath the pergala. Whilst a Speckled Wood butterfly and Large red Damselfly were seen during the morning around the wildlife pond, which also held a sunbathing Frog.

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