Adrift in the birding horse latitudes…


Returned to one of the busier dune pools holding Broad Bodied Chasers (they seem to be everywhere this year) today, to watch five males and two females doing their thang, although a male Emperor was cruising above them all the time.
Unlike previous days the male chasers spent far more time perching up today, despite the bright, hot sun and perfect flying conditions – was this a consequence of the presence of the Emperor I wondered?
Usually the chasers spend bright, hot weather almost exclusively on the wing, circling and sparring, but were they trying to avoid the uber-dragonfly today in case they ended up as dinner?
Does the arrival of our biggest dragonfly modify behaviours in other species in the same way that raptors do with other birds? (what do dragonfreaks out there think – anyone??)
I’ve seen Emperors take Common Darters in the past, but not Chasers, and certainly not fatty Broad Bodieds. Has anyone seen one taken by an Emperor?
Pondering this stuff (and I’d love to hear other opinions honestly) I realised I’ve inadvertently strayed into the birding horse latitudes of June now, despite my intentions otherwise.


Megas notwithstanding, the weather is way too benign for seawatching, despite the lovely tidal sequence recently, which produced just local tern and Gannet traffic when I did look, with a handful of Common Scoters and up to six non-breeding Great Crested Grebes doing that funny “displaying on the sea” thing…and most everything else is busy breeding and best left in peace….yup, welcome to the birding horse latitudes.
So this leaves baking lunchtime strolls through the dunes, which it must be said, aren’t too bad…Sand Lizards, Great Crested Newts, orchid species galore, White Satin Moth, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles, Painted Ladies, it’s all going on you know.




5 thoughts on “Adrift in the birding horse latitudes…

  1. Hi John! Are there many Painted Ladies around the Sand’s Lake please? Sneaked down there with somebody @ the end of May and had Small Heaths + Walls + Common Blues. Had Large Skipper next to my flat.
    Cheers Si


    • Howdy Si – good to hear from you.
      I’ve seen Painted Ladies bustling through all along the coast over the last week, but they never seem to linger anywhere long.
      Some are really worn.
      Had a few west of Sands Lake two days ago, but they’ve even been moving over the open sand out on the beach.
      It’s clearly a big movement this, but nothing like the 2009 one around here yet.


    • Used to see ’em on Leeds Street and also on the site of the old Eye Hospital (now the passport office and Radisson) next to the Echo offices on Old Hall St, Liverpool too Si – Surprising where they pop up.


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