Sunday, June 21, 2009

More dragonflies

White-legged Damselfly (female)

Banded Demoiselle (male)

Banded Demoiselle (female)

Scarce Chaser(immature male)

Scarce Chaser (female)

Scarce Chaser (mature male)
I popped over to Glapthorn Cow Pastures this morning. There were about 30 car-loads of butterfly-watchers come for the Black Hairstreaks. I lasted all of five minutes, before the crowd had me fleeing (not their fault, just not my cup of tea...). I was told of a Silver-washed Fritillary there, but it wasn't enough to hold me, so I fled to Cotterstock to catch up on the dragonflies on the River Nene.
There were a lot of Scarce Chasers (mostly mated males, but also one or two females, pairs flying in tandem (a weird site, as they are looped up) and at least immature male.
Also there were loads of Banded Demoiselles, a few hairy Dragonflies, White-legged Damselfly (I only saw one female in the short time I was there), Red-eyed Damselfies and the first Brown Hawker I have seen this year.


The Drunkbirder said...

Glapthorn is becoming a bit of a circus these days isn't it?

Good to see that Scarce Chaser is as close to Leicestershire and Rutland as the Oundle area. Any chance of a bit of site info as I would like to get over there and do a bit of photography.

BW said...

All I did was park by the mill house at Cotterstock, which is off a turn north from the Oundle Road (you can't miss it, it's nearly as massive as the huge stone house next door). I rudely parked of the road on the 'pavement' by the gate. Follow the footpath signs down to the river, watching your feet at all times to avoid the vast quantity of dog turds kindly left by the revolting locals. The best bit for drags, I found, was beyond the lock (cross over at the lock gates). The vegetation was heaving with drags. Good luck.

The Drunkbirder said...

Cheers Mike. Hopefully the weather will be kind the=is weekend though as it's Glasto, I doubt it.

Oh well there's always the German Beer Festival at the Swan and Rushes in Leicester to occupy my time!