June 2010

Misty morning at Attenborough, Nottinghamshire

The settled, warm weather continued throughout the majority of the month and most of my free time was spent at taking advantage of it at my local reserves: Attenborough, Straw's Bridge and the slightly more distant Drakelow.

Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) - Straw's Bridge, Derbyshire

The Great Reed Warbler continued to sing from his small patch of reeds at Straw's Bridge until the middle of the month.

Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) - Straw's Bridge, Derbyshire

Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) - Straw's Bridge, Derbyshire

Whilst the Great Reed Warbler unsurprisingly failed to attract a mate, most of the other birds at Straw's Bridge were busy raising their chicks.

Coot (Fulica atra) feeding its chick - Straw's Bridge, Derbyshire

Immature Coot (Fulica atra) - Straw's Bridge, Derbyshire

Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) chick - Straw's Bridge, Derbyshire

Yellow Iris (Iris pseudacorus)
Straw Bridge, Derbyshire

Water Crowfoot (Ranunculus aquatilis)
Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire

Dragonflies and damselflies were enjoying the warm weather, basking in the sun at the edge of their breeding ponds...

Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) - Straw's Bridge, Derbyshire

male Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) - Drakelow, Derbyshire

Banded Demoiselles were the commonest Odonata species at Drakelow towards the end of the month, with at least 30 seen along one 100m stretch of path.

male Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) - Drakelow, Derbyshire

female Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) - Drakelow, Derbyshire

Tephritid fly (Tephritidae) - Drakelow, Derbyshire

At midsummer's weekend, I took a spur-of-the-moment decision to go on a hiking trip in the Scottish Highlands. After an all night drive to Braemar, I parked at the Linn of Dee and camped approximately 7km upstream in the vicinity of the dubiously named "Chest of Dee".

Glen Dee & Ben MacDui, Highland

After erecting my tent by the riverside, I had a couple of hours rest to recover from a night without sleep before heading out for a 12 hour hike up Glen Dee and Glen Geusachan.  As is always the case in the Highlands, wildlife was a bit sparse and apart from a hunting Short-eared Owl and an occasional Red Grouse, the only company I had on the walk were the numerous Meadow Pipits and Wheatears.

Juvenile Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) - Glen Dee, Highland

Glen Dee, Highland

The Sunday was much less energetic, and I spent the morning recuperating beside the river before breaking camp and hiking back to the car for the long drive back south.

Geldie Burn, Highland

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