A patch tick today - not a bird but a new dragonfly for the patch. Broad-bodied Chaser. The species had been reported a couple of times earlier in the week so I was pleased to catch up with them today.
I saw the female first, sat motionless on a dead stick.
|Female Broad-bodied Chaser|
A few minutes later a male flew in from somewhere, perched briefly and was off.
|Male Broad-bodied Chaser|
A nice addition to the patch odonata list.
There were lots of damselflies on the wing today, all Blue-tailed and Common Blue that I could see.
|Two different forms of female Blue-tailed Damselfly|
A few hovers were out on the Hemlock Water Dropwort and along the path.
|Helophilus pendulus (m)|