Monday, 12 July 2010

Hawkers of Houghton Moor

Yet another blustery Sunday but at least rather pleasant and warm in sheltered spots.

The woods of Houghton Moor as usual held good numbers of hawkers, and as expected plenty of Common Hawkers were on the wing with 14 counted. Easy to see as they hawked up and down the main footpath through the centre of the woods.

Also on the wing were a 20+ Common Blue Damselfly, 2 Brown Hawker, 8 Southern Hawker, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 3 Four-spotted Chaser, a single Black-tailed Skimmer was a surprise, and there were single Common Darter and Ruddy Darter.

Butterfly wise it was rather quiet though a Dingy Footman and a Bordered White provided some interesting Lepidoptera, while a vocal Green Woodpecker was the highlight on the bird front.

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