Trip reports

WHEATFEN NATURE RESERVE, Ted Ellis Trust, Surlingham 25 May

WHEATFEN NATURE RESERVE, Ted Ellis Trust, Surlingham 25 May
Richard Straton

Monday, 25 May 2015

Initially more birds were heard rather than seen. Luxurious foliage hid the songsters, but occasional glimpses of blackcaps were spotted. Chiffchaffs were more easily seen high in the trees on barer branches. Great crested grebe swam proudly by on the River Yare and grey heron quarked loud overhead. Marsh harrier males quartered the reedbeds and a common buzzard, mobbed by a carrion crow, glided higher and higher on a thermal.
Bright sunshine warmed the reeds and suddenly a much-hoped for experience was had . . . splendid views of a swallowtail butterfly flittering to and fro. Two were seen during the walk, along with orange-tips, peacock, green-veined white and brimstone. Almost orange in their colouration, what was thought to be scarce chaser dragonflies were seen and photographed.
29 Birds identified: blackcaps, black-headed gull, blue tit, carrion crow, Cetti's warbler, chaffinch, chiffchaff, common buzzard, cuckoo, dunnock, gadwall, garden warbler, great crested grebe, green woodpecker, grey heron, long-tailed tit, mallard, marsh harrier, mute swan, reed bunting, reed warbler, robin, sand martin, sedge warbler, swift, whitethroat, willow warbler, woodpigeon, wren.
9 Insects identified: orange-tip butterfly, banded demoiselle, brimstone butterfly, cardinal beetle, green-veined white butterfly, peacock butterfly, scarce chaser dragonfly, small white butterfly, swallowtail butterfly.

Richard Straton