The only Hawker dragonfly seen on the wing was the Migrant , and all seen were males , I haven't seen a female at this site yet , but I am sure they will emerge and continue their species here into next year .Commonest butterfly seen was the Common Blue with 14 seen , including three females , boding well for next year . Meadow Brown (5) , Small White (2) , and a single Speckled Wood made up the total .
The pair have a family of five in the nest , and are working very hard to feed and deal with the consequences of feeding . It was very interesting just standing in the doorway of the stable , what a difference the sun makes to them finding food . When it is out they are backwards and forwards every few seconds . Without the sun , it was sometimes 2/3 minutes between feeds . The parents took no notice of me in the doorway , and were passing within inches of my head as they flew in and out . like yesterday , the shots are not as sharp as I would have liked , but didn't use flash for fear of disturbance .
On my way home , I stopped at the Common , and there are still 5/10 Purple Hairstreaks in the Ash tree . The number of eggs has increased as well . The number of Small Heaths in the glade has increased to three , causing constant territorial battles between them . A single Common Blue and Speckled Wood , together with 7 Meadow Browns , were all that was seen on my quick visit .