So far it has been an excellent year for the Southern Hawker dragonfly in our area.
In the last few days I have recorded 9 freshly emerged insects, with 5 noted today at Caldene Fields.
They seem to love garden ponds so keep at eye out for them as the larva crawls out of the water usually on to a plant stem.
The larva gradually breaks open in the middle of the case and the beautiful dragonfly emerges.
It then pumps blood into it’s wing and once the wings are fully open the insect will flies off to find a mate.
As normal around the first week in August young migrant birds start to move away form their breeding grounds as they prepare for autumn migration. So it was interesting to note a wandering juvenile Willow warbler at Caldene fields today.