10th June 2017

A quiet day for birds, the only significant news being the continued presence of a Lesser Whitethroat in The Knoll, a Greenfinch singing along Outwood Lane and a lone Swift over the farm.

We did enjoy a patch first, though, with a stunning male Beautiful Demoiselle seen along the edge of Banstead Woods at Perrotts-by-Wood (IGM). Piddly Pond provided further odonata interest, with no fewer than three Broad-bodied Chasers seen alongside five Azure Damselflies, three Large Red Damselflies and a Common Blue Damselfly.

Butterflies in the BW sector included a Dingy Skipper, two Large Skippers, two Green Hairstreaks, three Speckled Woods, three Small Heaths, four Common Blues, a Small Tortoiseshell, four Red Admirals, eight Brimstones and 30 Meadow Browns. Over in the CF sector, a Painted Lady and a Small Tortoiseshell were seen.

♂ Beautiful Demoiselle along the edge of Perrotts-by-Wood
Large Red Damselfly at Piddly Pond

Ian Magness (photo 1), Natasha Preston and Ian Ward (photo 2)