Wood Sandpipers & Insects

Friday - Saturday 7th-8th August 2009

Yesterday I headed for Coombe Hill Meadows early where two Wood Sandpipers (above) were still present from the Grundon Hidealong with a Common Sandpiper, 7+ Green Sandpipers, a Little Egret; two Willow Warblers and a Chiffchaff were singing along the canal. I the afternoon the highlight of a Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey near Clarke's Farm. Hardwicke, was two Clouded Yellows (below) north of Monks' Hill.

A Belted Hoverfly Volucella zonaria has been in the garden the last two days. Its quite impressive, being the UK's largest hoverfly(below).

This afternoon, a visit to Rodborough Common produced a good selection of butterflies including Chalkhill Blue (below), Holly Blue, Common Blue and Brown Argus (bottom).

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