Responsible Birding Diary, Saturday 12.9.20

 It was windy (with a strong blast coming from the west) and the best action at Baston Fen NR (south Lincolnshire) was on the sheltered east side of the small wood by the car park, which was also catching the morning sun. Here were dozens of Will...

 

It was windy (with a strong blast coming from the west) and the best action at Baston Fen NR (south Lincolnshire) was on the sheltered east side of the small wood by the car park, which was also catching the morning sun. Here were dozens of Willow Emerald Damselflies, with the vast majority paired up ‘in cop’ or ‘in heart’ if you prefer. This is a species which has only colonised around here in the last few years, and is now abundant at suitable sites in autumn (when other damselfies are no longer on the wing). The relatively chunky females lay their eggs on the thin twigs of willows overhanging water. When the nymphs hatch, they then drop into the water below. I got a few shots…























Willow Emerald Damselflies, Baston Fen, Lincolnshire, 12.9.20 

Later, I went to Deeping lakes LWT, where three Goosanders had been reported on the east pit. And they were still there. On Friday, one of my colleagues from another magazine in our company (Louise from Trail), sent me some photos of three Goosanders on the Nene at Elton, Cambs. I wonder if these were the same three…