Sunday, 22 May 2011

Bouncing Bog Walk

Lesley and me were booked on yesterdays Bouncing Bog walk organised by English Nature at Chartley Moss in the afternoon so it meant we couldn't do a full mornings birding but we still popped out to Aqualate Mere to see what we could find.
Plenty of warblers there calling Willow, Black Cap, Reed and White Throat but only managing to see the latter two. Saw a single Great Spotted Woodpecker plus what I think was a juvenile male Reed Bunting.
On the lake were plenty of Cormorants, Mute Swan, Gadwall, Pochard and Coots, with a couple of distant Hobbies Flying around and a pair of Buzzards.
Didn't manage to see the Turtle Dove although someone in the hide had heard one earlier.

Hobbie at Aqualate Mere

Male Reed Bunting

The afternoon was spent at Chartley Moss, the main aim was to hopefully see some Dragonflies and the main target being White Faced Darters which are one of the sites specialities.
Was a very interesting walk and even allowed me meet up with a old work mate for a bit of a chat.
Was good to see so many Sun Dew's I do love carnivorous plants I find them fascinating.
We did manage to see a few of the target species but the wind was not helping.

Sun Dew

White Faced Darter, Chartley Moss

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