Not much going on bird wise at the moment so I'm trying to learn a little more about other wildlife including Butterflies, Dragonflies and Orchids (as shown in previous posts). The Butterfly and Orchid books are on order so my identification of both should improve, if only slightly in the coming months. I spent the afternoon down at Brockholes not looking for anything in perticular but hoping that something new would pop up in the afternoon sunshine. Dragonflies included 4 Empreror, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, Blue-tailed Damselfly and Common Blue Damselfly.
ABOVE BLUE TAILED DAMSELFLY BELOW BLACK-TAILED SKIMMER
Common Spotted Orchid were in abundance across the reserve, more so than last year from what I remember. Butterflies included Large White, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown and Large Skipper.
ABOVE COMMON SPOTTED ORCHID BELOW LARGE SKIPPER
ABOVE MEADOW BROWN BELOW SMALL TORTOISESHELL
Of course there where some birds around including this juvenile Whitethroat singing over by the fishing pond.
I also spent some time trying to photograph the Sand Martin over the River Ribble with this being my best effort.