Back to Sedge School.

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Inevitably headed down into the dunes north of Sands Lake today as soon as the sun began to break through, in search of the female Southern Migrant Hawker found by Chris S (see comment on previous entry) – a truly remarkable record, the first for Lancs I think.
An incredible find – thanks for the heads up Chris – your picture is stunning by the way – can I use it on the blog?
A bit breezy nonetheless this afternoon, and after meeting up with Phil Smith, we followed Chris’s grid references to Slack 48, before pushing on to “Dragonfly Central” on Sefton coast, Slack 47.
Sadly no sign of the Southern Migrant Hawker, although we did manage seven species, including Emperors, Four Spot Chasers, Common Darter, Lestes and other usual damsels.
With the dragons failing to deliver, Phil took me back to school on the grasses and sedges (mercifully he went easy on me when it came to the hybrid willows) – making for an inspiring afternoon – Brown Sedge, Flat Sedge and Slender Spike Rush, and that was before we got to the “New New Green Beach” for Toad and Frog Rush!
I sought comfort in easier botanicals – Grass of Parnassus, plenty of flowering Dune Helleborines, Common Twayblades and Adder’s Tongue.
Thanks for a great afternoon Phil – always a pleasure.
Graylings, Meadow Brown and plenty of Small Skipper on the wing too.
Zipped up to Hesketh Road later on, but the shrinking pools were quiet, holding BHGs, Herring Gull, fledged Lapwing, but not a great deal else.
Now it’s time for a spot of mothing…