Towards the end of July already, another month disappeared in this unusual year! July has been an interesting month, plenty to see and lots of good sightings. I have usually got my camera handy even if we are just taking our girls, Tilly and Mia down the lane close to home for a short walk. I usually find if I don’t take the camera I see something special, more on that later!
Just down our lane a few yards from the house we have seen a Golden Ringed Dragonfly a few times, very unusual as they are a resident of acid heathlands. I contacted the Dorset Dragonfly Group http://www.dorsetdragonflies.org.uk recorder and he was interested in the sighting apparently they don’t get many in our part of Dorset. A striking Dragonfly, this was a male.
Also we have had our first visit in the garden this year (that we’ve seen!) from the Hummingbird Hawk Moth. A dash downstairs with the camera, one image through the window and then one outside before he left. I hope he returns. a beautiful Moth and very active, not keeping still for long.
My final exciting spot was a rather large Grass Snake, again down the lane close to home. My husband and I were looking at the decaying stump of tree in the lane, although the Ash tree from it looks healthy enough. We have seen Bracket fungus on it already this year and noticed another fruiting body appearing, my husband was commenting on how quickly it grew and I suddenly saw this head appear from a hole in the stump, a Grass Snake! It was exciting, it watched us for a few seconds and then started moving over to the back of the stump. I didn’t have my camera so I fumbled for my phone and just got an image of part of his body! As soon as we turned away to go he disappeared. I keep looking when we walk down the lane but no luck as yet.