Monday, 9 May 2011

Hairy record hammered

Another day out, another VC61 (and probably) Yorkshire record bites the dust!

Hairy Dragonflies, for some reason, now seem to be a species of interest in VC61 to a lot of folk since the first ones appeared a few years back at Broomfleet Washlands and in a Beverley garden, before their presence at Tophill Low NR and latterly High Eske/Pulfin Bog NR was confirmed. However, the little watched site of Leven Canal boasts the highest numbers.

A count along the length of the canal today turned up a minimum of 63, shattering last year's impressive maximum of 54. Perhaps a species that was once thought of as scarce, is now actually present in good numbers, and goes unrecorded due to it unobtrusive nature, and a lack of people going out looking!

Leven Canal is also a good place to catch up with Red-eyed Damselfly with 191+ showing well on the lily pads. Everything else was pretty scarce. Only 4 Large Red Damselflies, 3 Azure Damselflies, 4 Blue-tailed Damselflies and
7 Four-spotted Chasers made up the supporting cast. Mind the Quads pose well!

A good number of raptors around with 5 Buzzards south, 2 Hobbies and 2+ Marsh Harriers, while a probable Common Crane flew high NE early-afternoon... just too distant for bins, and I didn't really fancy carrying my scope and tripod for nearly 10kms just in case something flew over!

My first Brown Argus of the year was noted along with plenty of other species, and at least 120 Grass Snakes were showing well... just another typically quiet day out!

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