Old Moor RSPB

Therapy days at Old Moor RSPB nature reserve were called for this week, these being the 19th and 20th, and in ways I’m glad I did. I had the enjoyment of Damselflies landing on my hand, seeing Blue Tailed and Azure Damselflies flitting about everywhere in the warm presence of the sun, catching sight of 4 Spotted Chaser  patrolling their territory and one male guarding a female has she went about laying eggs, was wonderful to watch. Common Blue Butterflies seemed to be in every patch of meadow flitting from one patch to another. There were also Common Blue Damselflies along with Emerald Damselflies amongst the more numerous Azure and Blue Tailed, butterflies they were in short supply with only the Common Blue in numbers and I managed to see one Large White zipping thru the reserve.

On the bird front we managed to catch up with the Mediterranean Gull, Ringed Plover and Common Terns at long last, but as always at this time of year no birdy photos due to the distance for my equipment. Other birds of note were Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler the few pairs of breeding Avocet, Little Ringed Plover and of course the breeding Bittern

Day list in no particular order :-

Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Shoveler, Gadwall, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Common Tern, Avocet, Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Kestrel, Sand Martin, Swallow, Swift, Lapwing, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler,Long Tailed Tit, Great Tit, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Tree Sparrow, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Common Blue Butterfly, Large White Butterfly, Emerald Damselfly, Blue Tailed Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, 4 Spotted Chaser

A Few photos from the Days

Marsh Orchid
Marsh Orchid ID?

4 Spotted Chaser
4 spotted chaser

14 Spotted Ladybird
14 spot ladybird

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