Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Corn Bunting at Shellingford Quarry.

Although the wind blew strongly as its often possible to find sheltered parts I popped down to Shellingford Quarry today Wednesday 13th on the off-chance of finding Dragonflies , Butterflies and look for any Waders that might now be starting to come through. No Waders but a nicely posing Corn Bunting a bird not often seen in this area.
A large number of Red-Eyed Damselflies were active far out on the water and because the wind was so strong it made the camera unsteady resulting in very poor photos. Common Darter were about along with what I think was possibly a now getting on the late side Black-Tailed Skimmer.
Only other birds I saw were about one hundred Mallard bobbing about on the wave crested water stirred up by the high wind, and in a nearby field being cultivated were a lot of Gulls I think they were predominantly Lesser-Black Backed but must admit to only a passing interest as I headed back home.
The Oxon Feather. Addendum - Steve Burch has kindly informed they are Small Red-Eyed Damselflies
                                          Corn Bunting
                                            Common Darter
                                      Small Red-Eyed Damselfly
                                           Small Tortoiseshell
                                           I think Black-Tailed Skimmer
                                           Common Darter
                                          Common Blue
                                           Red-Eyed Damelfly
                                           Bunting in a bush

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