Sunday, 17 May 2015

The Night of the Heron...

For one night only a smart adult Night Heron put in a brief appearance at Black Hole Marsh, Seaton last week. Dave Helliar got there in time to see it sitting in a tree close to the Tower Hide. I looked for it the following morning but unfortunately it hasn't been seen since:

Night Heron: Dave Helliar
Night Heron: Dave Helliar
There's a chance it could still be around - there's so much good habitat there and they can be very shy, so who knows...

More locally around Chard a single Black-tailed Godwit put in an appearance.  It's always a scarce bird to see in South Somerset and the May temperatures have started to bring out more insects too:

Black-tailed Godwit: Dave Helliar
Common Blue: Dave Helliar
Green Hairstreak: Dave Helliar
Grizzled Skipper: Dave Helliar
Four-spotted Chaser: Dave Helliar
Azure Damselfly: Dave Helliar 
Broad-bodied Chaser: Dave Helliar
Large Red Damselfly: Dave Helliar
Spring is always a good time to see foxes too, including this one near Chard:

Red Fox: Dave Helliar
Red Fox: Dave Helliar
Last, but by no means least, a summer visitor that has become incredibly scarce in our woodlands. As far as I'm aware no Wood Warblers have been seen locally near Chard but this one was present at a regular site on the Quantock Hills:

Wood Warbler: Dave Helliar
Wood Warbler: Dave Helliar
Wood Warbler: Dave Helliar
Thanks to Dave for his weekly round-up and some great photos too.

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