MNA Holiday East Anglia June 2014

Plenty of highlights on the MNA holiday to East Anglia during the first week in June. Raptors included Marsh Harriers, Hobby, Red Kite, Buzzard. Nightjars and roding Woodcock at dusk close to the Wolferton Triangle. Common Cranes at the Lakenheath RSPB Reserve. Stone Curlews nr RAF Lakenheath and at Minsmere RSPB Reserve. Booming Bitterns and fantastic flight views as they glided across the reeds at Lakenheath and Minsmere. Plenty of reedbed birds with Reed, Sedge, Cettis Warblers and Bearded Tits giving great views. An atypical Reed Warbler put on a fine Marsh Warbler impersonation at Cley mimicing everything from Black-headed Gull, Sandwich Tern, Oyks and Beardies aswell as its speeded up typical Reed Warbler phrases. Dartford Warblers posing on the heather at Dunwich Heath. We even had time to twitch the Spectacled Warbler at Burham Overy!

Mammals included Brown Hare Lepus europaeus, Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus, Red Deer Cervus elaphus, Chinese Muntjac Deer Muntiacus reevesi andChinese Water Deer Hydropotes inermis inermis.

Some memorable Dragonflies with Norfolk Hawker Aeshna isosceles, Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense, Scarce Chaser Libellula fulva and Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma najas being new ticks for me along with Swallowtail Butterfly Papilio machaon britannicus at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB reserve.

Here’s a few minibeast photos from the trip

MNA Norfolk Blue Tailed Damselfly1

Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans Immature violacea form

MNA Norfolk Blue Tailed Damsel Orange Form1

Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans Female rufescensobsoleta form

MNA Norfolk Variable Damselfly2

Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum Male eating prey

MNA Norfolk Variable Damselfly1

Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum Female dark form

MNA Norfolk Brown Tail Moth Caterpillar1

Brown-tail Moth Euproctis chrysorrhoea caterpillar

MNA Norfolk Drinker Moth Caterpillar1

Drinker Moth Euthrix potatoria caterpillar

MNA Norfolk Common Blue1

Common Blue Polyommatus icarus

MNA Norfolk Dragonfly1

Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum teneral Male

MNA Norfolk Mating Tiger Craneflies1

Mating Tiger Craneflies Nephrotoma appendiculata

MNA Norfolk Mayfly1

Mayfly Ephemera sp.

MNA Norfolk Moth1

The Snout Hypena proboscidalis

MNA Norfolk Small Tortoiseshell1

Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae female laying eggs

MNA Norfolk Stretch Spider1

Common Stretch Spider Tetragnatha extensa

MNA Norfolk Crab Spider1

Crab Spider Xysticus ulmi 

MNA Norfolk Thick Legged Flower Beetle1

Thick-legged Flower Beetle (a.k.a. False Oil Beetle) Oedemera nobilis male

MNA Norfolk Volucella pellucens1

Hoverfly Volucella pellucens

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