Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Dr. Ochropus

Hello. Jon's fellow parishioner Dan here.

My highlights from a midday bash were as follows...

A green sandpiper (the herald of July) was roosting on the Wildfowler's Pools, where 3 adult little ringed plovers scampered.

Seven house sparrows were by a darter-less Darter Pond.

A juvenile little ringed plover and a common sandpiper were at the shallowest of Freeman's Pools. A female shoveler flew in from the estuary and landed on the deepest pit.


c6 male emperor dragonflies.
c20 immature common darters, though not flying.
Scores of blue-tailed damselflies and c25 common blue damsel pairs in tandem .

What a difference a day makes...
Stats fans might like to know that the green sandpiper's about bang on time.
The past five years' post-breeding arrival dates were:
2007 - 25/6
2006 - 3/7 (2 birds)
2005 - 3/7 (4 birds)
2004 - 5/7
2003 - 16/7


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