Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Winterton dragonflies & Cantley Phalarope
Tuesday 20th August a visit to Winterton after finishing work at 2pm, by the telephone exchange at 4pm, a Buddlea was covered in butterflies including 5 Graylings, a Painted Lady and numeous Small Tortoiseshells and Largw Whites. A walk to the northen most toad pool, included stopping at the secong northern most one where I saw several Emerald Damselflies. The northern most one included a confiding Dunlin in partial summer plumage and a Hawker dragonfly flying about which I carefully studied it was bigger than Migrant hawker with 2 yellow side stripes on the thorax, brown and yellow markings on the abdomen and clear wings with yellow costa clearly seen on at least 2 occasions, it was an excellent female Common Hawker, my first ever.on Wednesday 21st August at Cantley Sugar Beet factory a juvenile Red- necked Phalarope was seen I walked down and it was seen by the big pool by islands. Spending much of its time over the far side it would occasionally swim out and feed in its distinctive "knitting nachine style" as always an utterly charming bird. A Green Sandpiper flew over and settled on the bank out of sight just 2 feet from where I was standing before it quickly flew south.