D#3 going on what now appears to be an annual pilgrimage to Thorpe Park. This gave me most of the day to do with as I pleased. Last year I did Box Hill but this year David came along and we went to Thursley Common.
Redstart - a beautiful confiding male by the Moat Pond Car Park, Hobby, a brief Dartford Warbler, and singing Tree Pipit gave us what would be a pretty decent list by itself, but we were primarily interested in the Odonata. A first go at some of these for me. My Id guesses in the photos below.
|We saw Small Red Damselflies, but I think this one is a Large Red Damselfly due to the bronze on the rear segments.|
|Four-Spotted Chaser, so called because its wings have eight spots. Quite common these.|
|I think this is a female Keeled Skimmer due to the two yellow stripes just behind the head.|
|A poor flight shot of Downy Emerald, showing the green eyes an club tail.|
|Emerald Damselfly, appreciably larger than the more common Azure and Common Blue.|
|Some White-Legged Damselflies. The breeze meant getting it in focus wasn't easy, but here it is anyway.|