Another grey , windy morning , gave another chance to catch up the photographs , and also to watch the families of Tits and Finches , queueing up for the feeders , or for the bird baths for a drink , or a 'full wash and brush up' . The Blue and Great Tits seem to have done really well this year . Carol was down the garden and called that there was a big green Dragonfly on the pond . so grabbing the camera , I headed downstairs . Usual story , it had gone by the time I got there , but it sounded like a female Southern Hawker , perhaps even the one rescued from the car port the other day . Whilst at the pond , I noticed a single strand of web , between two of the plants , and , sitting at one end was a rather unusual looking spider , looking more like a squid , than what it was . I've looked through a lot of spider pictures since , but haven't yet come across anything resembling it .
By lunchtime , the clouds started to part , so I decided to have a look around the farm lake . As I got out of the car , a droning noise welcomed me . It turned out to be a combined harvester , harvesting the field above the lake . With all the noise going on , not much was showing , except for large numbers of Common Darters , some only just taking their first flights , and some of those being set upon by the ever alert males , waiting around the edge of the lake . So , there waslots of mating going on , followed by lots of pairs in tandem , egg laying in the shallow water around the banks . This shots shows the moment , a split second after the female had released a ball shaped egg , when she dipped the end of her abdomen into the water . Apart from the CDs , a couple of Emperor Dragonflies and 25+ Common Blue Damselflies , some of those egg laying , was all that I recorded . Butterflies , apart from a good showing of Common Blues , were just as bad , with no sign of any Gatekeepers , the odd few Meadow Browns and a single , freshly emerged male Brimstone , nectaring on Black Knapweed . I hadn't intended to , but because of the disturbance there , I decided to head for High Elms , not the Burnt Gorse end , but the Conservation Field on the other side of the road . By now , the temperature had risen quite a bit , and it was getting very humid , which is probably why that site was very quiet as well . About a month ago , I posted that there were good numbers of butterflies here , but little flower for them to nectar on . Today , it was a case of lots of flower , especially Black Knapweed and Bird's Foot Trefoil , and not many butterflies to take advantage of it . Common Blues and Meadow Browns were most common , but other species were in very low numbers . Although I wasn't doing a transect count today , I would say that the day flying moth Silver Y , was probably the third most numerous . Only things of interest found were , another spider , which I think is a Nursery Web Spider-Pisaura mirabilis , guarding it's egg sack within the tent , and another shot of the Hover Fly-Chrysotoxum bicinctum , that Dean identified a few posts back . By 3 o'clock , it was too hot to be out walking , so I headed back to the car , and the shade at home .
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