Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Amwell Nature Reserve - 22nd October 14

Weather: Cold but sunny early on, clouding over badly later.

Birds Total: 46
Plus: Common Darter, Migrant Hawker Dragonflies.

It was a short visit today, primarily because the morning was forecast for sunshine while the afternoon was supposed to cloud over. Well, they got it right for once and so I made a short, 4-hour visit.

Unfortunately, the trains started where they had left off, as the train down was cancelled due to points failure. But, on the plus side, it allowed me to nip back home and don another layer as it was quite cold at first. Then, to my great surprise, the connection was late as well, allowing me just enough time to catch it. A rare event.

There were plenty of birds around today, with an above-average total of species. But unfortunately none of them ventured close for a photo, so all I managed to take were a few shots from the Gladwin Hide. You win some, you lose some.

View from the Gladwin Hide
So I arrived at the Reserve around the usual time. I didn't see anything on the way down but was greeted by over 20 Mallards, some of which followed me for a short while, thinking that I was going to feed them. Sorry, I only had white bread. A few Jackdaws chacked by overhead.

When I arrived at the Watchpoint I found quite a few people already there, some familiar faces among them. I guess they were here hoping to see the Yellow-browed Warblers that had been reported earlier this week. Unfortunately I think the 'Big Blow' yesterday took them away to pastures new.

Out on the lake I could see a pair of Little Egrets; a lone Grey Heron; around half-a-dozen Lapwing; a few Great Crested Grebes and some Shoveler, Teal and Wigeon. High in the sky, over the tree horizon I could see 3 Buzzards, while a lone Red Kite was being mobbed away in the distance to our left. Then, above us, a Sparrowhawk could be seen trying to gain height to escape a mobbing by more Crows.

Then I spotted a pair of Stonechats, one of which was a male, perched up high on the reeds in front of us. Not long after a pair of Grey Wagtails landed even closer, foraging by a little inlet. Then a Jay flew overhead, heading for the fields, quickly followed by a lone Redwing. There were plenty of Black-headed Gulls as usual, but a Common Gull was also present.

I headed down to the Gladwin Hide disturbing a few Common Darters in the process. There wasn't much to see outside the Hide, just 10 GCGs and a third Little Egret. A juvenile Herring Gull was disturbing the peace and quiet on the water.

Another view from the Gladwin Hide
From here I walked down to the James Hide, via a quick look out from the Watchpoint. But, despite sitting there for around 30 minutes, nothing much was seen. So I decided to walk down to the Dragonfly Trail entrance. On the way I could hear a few Chaffinches sounding off their alarm calls. The reason was a Kestrel, which cried out before flying off.

By the entrance to the Trail I could see that the feeders were almost empty. A pair of Collared Doves and a hen Pheasant were cleaning up the ground below them.

There was much evidence of the 'Big Blow' around today, lots of broken branches, big and small were strewn everywhere. I guess Autumn has finally arrived with a vengeance.

It was around now that the heavy clouds came over and so I decided to head back to the Watchpoint for 10 minutes before heading home. Thankfully there was no more problems with the trains. A short, but sweet day out.

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Rye Meads - 17th October 14

Weather: Cloudy and overcast early, brightening up later.

Birds Total: 43
Plus: Peacock, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood butterflies.
Plus: Common Darter, Migrant Hawker dragonflies.

Oh dear.

The weather wasn't too good today, despite a good-ish forecast. The Reserve was still worth a visit but there wasn't anything to shout about.

It was when I decided to head home early around 2.30 that things went really pear-shaped. To cut a long story short, there were major problems with the trains. No trains and no replacement bus service. So I had to make my way back via a couple of bus journeys, not getting home until after 7. I wasn't best pleased, especially with Greater Anglia's general lack of information and attitude.

Rain appeared a couple of times during the day, but nothing too much. Though it had rained quite heavily overnight, leaving a wet start to the day. Nothing was seen on the journey down, other than a few extra ponds.

And it wasn't until I arrived at 'Water Vole Corner' that I spotted a couple of Pied Wagtails flying over. Nothing else was around, not even 'Ratty'.

View from the Draper Hide
Just before I arrived at the Draper Hide a Green Woodpecker yaffled by overhead. From the Hide itself I could see one Green Sandpiper out the right; one shabby looking Wigeon out front; several Shoveler and Teal. One of the Pied Wagtails was foraging out on one of the little islands. It was soon joined by a lone Grey Wagtail, although both kept their distance from one another. I've seen a few disputes between the two species before. The resident Little Grebe was again on patrol, swimming around just in front of the Hide. Several Stock Doves were mixed in with a large group of Woodpigeons. Then, just before I left, I managed to pick out at least 9 Common Snipe asleep out to the left.

I headed off up the trail. The sun made an all too fleetingly short appearance. While it was out I spotted a Speckled Wood butterfly along the trail. Actually there were a few butterflies seen today, a few Red Admirals and a lone Peacock.

I made a quick stop at the Ashby Hide as I hadn't paid a visit for quite a while. I remembered why, there wasn't much about, other than Coots and Moorhens. There was another Little Grebe present though, plus a few Migrant Hawkers.

Walking up towards the twin hides I could hear and see 50+ Starlings up high on the pylon and wires, all chattering away.

View from the Gadwall Hide
Sat down in the Gadwall Hide, looking out, I was just making a count when everything went up. Scanning around a Kestrel could be seen flying past. When everything eventually came back down I counted past 100 Lapwing; 50+ Common Snipe plus all the usual suspects.

I heard the familiar squeal of a Water Rail and then a very loud Cetti's Warbler just outside the Hide. I had a quick look but, even though it must have been only yards away I still couldn't pick it out. Seeing only the usual suspects from the Tern Hide I moved on.

The trail provided a Great Spotted Woodpecker calling while a few Common Darters flew up as I walked past. And then I arrived at the Kingfisher Hide.

As to be expected, post Kingfisher season, not much was about. More Coots and Moorhens, while a Chiffchaff was sounding off. The Lapwings were up again, over the Gadwall lagoon.

Migrant Hawkers escorted me up to the Warbler Hide, the Red Admiral also making its' appearance here. There wasn't anything to see from the Hide at first, but then a Jay flew past from right to left. Then 2 flocks of Common Snipe, both around 20+ flew up, one flock flying off to the lagoons while the other one landed in the HMWT field. Just as I was having lunch a 12-spot Ladybird flew in and landed right in front of me.

Just as I left the Hide and entered the trail again, I spooked a Green Woodpecker, who squawked at me before flying off. I had another quick look from the Gadwall Hide, only adding Grey Heron to my list, before arriving back in the Draper Hide.

Here I found another Grey Heron wandering around disturbing everything before a Kingfisher flashed past from right to left. It actually did this twice while I was there. There was a bit of Gadwall action just in front of the Hide, with several males vying for the affections of a lone female. It looked like she had already made up her mind as she swam beside one male while fighting off the others.

There weren't too many people around the Reserve today. No familiar faces this time. But, oddly, every time someone got up to leave they smiled at me and said something along the lines of, 'I'll leave you in peace.' I must have that sort of face.

I decided to try and call it a day at that point and headed off to the station. But, because of the problems, I returned and, once again, found myself sat back down in the Draper Hide. This time there were around half-a-dozen people in there, with one of them my fellow Blogger, SeymourBirds.

But I couldn't put off the inevitable and made my way back to the Station, finding no change. The 'Information Help Point' was not helpful. So I walked around to the bus stop, finding that I had just missed the hourly bus to Harlow. Of course. The main man at Broxbourne told me that there was no bus replacement service - a new company policy? I guess when you run a monopoly you don't really have to try very hard.

It was dark when I eventually arrived home, a little tired. But mostly fed up. It was enough to send me down the pub for a pint. Fortunately.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Amwell Nature Reserve - 16th October 14

Weather: Cloudy, some sunny intervals. Rain later.

Birds Total: 49
Plus: Large White, Red Admiral Butterflies.
Plus: Common Darter, Migrant Hawker Dragonflies.

The weather forecasts for today were mixed but it was the best day of the week so far and so I decided to head for Amwell. If it rained I would be able to shelter and wait it out in the Hides. And so it proved.

On the train down I noticed that flooding had already occurred in the adjacent fields, some areas more than others. Harry the Heron was trying to avoid most of the worst by staying high on the branches. A Little Egret nearby was a bit braver and was fishing around for its breakfast. In the same area about a dozen Lapwing were roosting.

I was welcomed with a cacophony of song by Dunnock; Robin and Wren on the walk upto the Reserve. When I reached the Watchpoint I found no one about, which was a little unusual. Scanning the area I could see 3 Grey Heron; 5 Great Crested Grebe; about 20 Lapwing; around the same number of Wigeon; a lot of Shoveler and a few Teal and at least one Snipe.

I was there around 30 minutes or so when a familiar face turned up. We then witnessed about 60-70 Jackdaw fly up over the horizon and straight over our heads, most of them uttering their characteristic 'chack' calls. We both continued to scan around and found a pair of Little Grebe and around 20 Mute Swans.

We then decided to walk down to the Gladwin Hide. I haven't visited this Hide for quite a while but today I was keen to have a look as some Stonechats have been seen around the area. Looking out, seeing a bit of work had been down just outside the Hide, we saw a pair of hen Pheasants scurrying away into the undergrowth when they saw us.

We were chatting away while looking out when my friend spotted a little bird out to the right, atop a reed. It turned out to be a Stonechat. It gave quite good views before flying to the left and was soon joined by another female. Both then posed, before one of them flew in quite close giving a really good view. A few people entered the Hide and then I spotted a Greater Crested Jenny out front, sporting some beautiful plumage. A female of the species accompanied by an older male. But the Stonechats had already moved off further to the left.

Heading back we spotted a Hobby flying around the dead tree opposite, on the other side of the lake. We quickly scanned the area from the Watchpoint again before heading down to the James Hide.

In the Hide we found another familiar face sat there, warning us of the 'waccie baccie' smells. Apparently a few kids had been in earlier having a crafty smoke. Our man had been in situ for a couple of hours awaiting the arrival of a Kingfisher, but had seen nothing. We had just sat down when one turned up.

Over the course of the next hour or so we saw 3 Little Egrets fly past; 6 Buzzards high over the tree horizon; a Kestrel hovering out to the left, before flying in closer; a Meadow Pipit flypast; a Jay and then Phil the Pheasant made his long-awaited return.

The Kingfisher then flew in again and gave a fleeting display on the stick in front of the Hide, before flying off again.

I decided to then head down to Tumbling Bay. But all that was on show were a family of four Crested Great Grebe; a lone Little Grebe and lots of Tufted Duck. There weren't very many butterflies about today and only a few dragons, the usual Common Darters and Migrant Hawkers.

I then headed down to the Dragonfly Trail, which had been closed for the winter, seeing a Green Woodpecker and a few Goldfinch. The grass was being cropped by lots of Rabbits and Sheep.

I walked back to the James Hide, noting that lots of work had been done around the trails, with the cuttings strewn all around. Jenny had been busy! I also noticed lots more passerines around the trails as well today.

No one was in the James when I arrived and so I sat down and looked out. Then soon after, my friend Ron turned up and just after that the guy that was in earlier came back in. Just in time to miss the Kingfisher fly past.

Grey Herons flew past every few minutes; more Buzzards were in the sky and then a pair of Mallards swam past. It then started to pour down with rain, so I decided to delay my walk home.

When it finally stopped we all headed off on our separate ways. I headed back to the Watchpoint, finding more familiar faces. I hung around for about 30 minutes seeing 3 Redwing and a Pied Wagtail fly over; a Grey Wagtail land on the bridge behind us and then a Water Rail out to the left.

It had clouded over badly by now and I feared more rain so I headed home. A very good day out.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

River Stort - 7th October 14

Weather: Sunny with some cloud. Strong breeze.

Birds Total: 19
Plus: Common Darter dragonfly.
Plus: Bluebottle; Cattle; Flesh Fly; Horses; Hoverfly.

It was forecast for overcast skies with a chance of rain today, clearing up after lunchtime. So I took the opportunity to take a short walk down the River Stort during the afternoon. It was quite sunny and warm enough but the sun was still struggling to poke through the numerous clouds that were sailing by in the strong-ish wind.

Unfortunately, there wasn't much about, probably the wrong time of the day. Maybe I should have gone to Rye Meads today, as there was a juvenile Cuckoo seen. But it was still nice to be out and about.

There wasn't anything much to photograph either and so I didn't even bother taking my SLR out. I just had to make do with a few scenic shots with a pocket camera.

The star spots of the day, however, were 3 separate sightings of Jays and a lone Kingfisher flying up the river, landing briefly before a dog-walker scared it off. I saw a couple of butterflies but they wouldn't stay still long enough for an ID and there were only a couple of sightings of Common Darters, both looking past their best.

Every now and then a movement by the river caught my eye, but whatever it was disappeared before I could get an eye on it. I really must check in to SpecSavers. I even remembered to have a look up in to the sky every now and then to see if there were any raptors around, but all I saw were the odd pigeons flying over.

There weren't even that many people along the trail. I only saw about half-a-dozen, most of them being dog-walkers and cyclists.

So it was a short 5km, 2-hour walk along the river. Maybe I'll leave the River Stort visits to just the summer months.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Rye Meads - 3rd October 14

Weather: Warm and sunny all day.

Birds Total: 43
Plus: Red Admiral, Speckled Wood butterflies.
Plus: Common Darter, Migrant Hawker dragonflies.
Plus: 7-spot Ladybird; Bees; Crane Fly; Dock Bug; Flesh Fly; Hoverfly; Midges; Spiders; Wasps.

Today had been touted as the last day of good weather, so presumably summer is over. It was indeed a very warm day, lots of sunshine with some cloud.

Nothing to see on the way down, but on the walk down to the Reserve I could hear a Ring-necked Parakeet and a Cetti's Warbler. Passing by a couple of Horse Chestnut trees I could see lots of conkers on the grass. In my day to see just one would have been a surprise but nowadays I guess there are other distractions for the younger generation.

Long-tailed Tits and Chiffchaffs welcomed me as I arrived, all singing away. By the first pond I could see a pair of Dock Bugs and a couple of 7-spot Ladybirds. A pair of mating Migrant Hawkers were flying around, bumping into various vegetation. A hen Pheasant was taking advantage of the birdseed spillage.

I then reached 'Water Vole Corner', hearing two Green Sandpipers fly over. A Wren sat up on the fence in front of me, belting out its explosive song. A quick look out over the HMWT meadow provided not a lot. So I hung around for a while hoping to see Ratty. 10 minutes later I spotted one, in amongst the reeds, just under the bridge.

It didn't move for quite a while, probably because it had heard me. But it eventually twitched it's whiskers, scratched a bit and then started to move out into the open. Unfortunately there were no apples in place but, as it crept further out, I crouched down to take a few shots.

Only for it to dive back into cover as a crowd of people marched up. They soon moved off and I settled back down again. After about another 20 minutes it re-appeared and again started to move out from the comfort of the reeds. But, annoyingly again, more people turned up. This time it seemed to ignore the disturbance and continued to feed, allowing a few photos.

I moved off up the trail, towards the Draper Hide, hearing Green Woodpecker as I went. From the Hide itself I could see the pair of Green Sandpipers, probably the same pair that had flown over, out to the right. Other birds on show were 3 Little Grebes; loads of Gadwall; Shoveler and Teal; at least 3 Common Snipe and a pair of Pied Wagtails, busily searching for scraps in between all the ducks. Then a family of 6 Mute Swans came flying in, splash-landing noisily right in front of the Hide.

A pair of Kestrels could be seen out to the right, over the meadow. Every now and then one of them would hover for a few seconds before moving on. A small flock of Snipe were flushed up and flew off towards the Twin Hides.

A larger flock of Starlings could be heard and seen high up on one of the electricity pylons on the trail. A few Goldfinch flew over, singing their recognisable bubbling song.

But, other than that, nothing much could be seen or heard. There weren't even any butterflies around. In fact, I only saw one Red Admiral and one Speckled Wood all day. But there were several Common Darters sunning themselves on the trails, flying up as I walked past.

I sat down in the Gadwall Hide, just in time to see a Jay fly off, right to left. There were another pair of Green Sandpipers out on the scrape, together with another pair of Pied Wagtails. They were quite possibly the same pairs. Also on view was a Grey Heron, busy preening; a dozen-plus Wigeon; 4 Lapwing and around 10 Common Snipe. There were lots of Gulls, a few LBBGs among them and lots of various ducks.

On the far spit I thought I spotted a long, thin orange bill connected to a black and white body. My first thought was an Oystercatcher. I tried to keep an eye on it but, after about 15 minutes, my attention was drawn elsewhere and, when I looked back again a few minutes later, it had disappeared.

A Coot, because I don't photograph them very often
The Jay reappeared, flying from left to right this time. I moved onto the Tern Hide which only provided the usual Coot City plus a few more Little Grebes.

I headed off towards the Kingfisher Hide. There were a few people present when I arrived but, alas, no Kingfisher show. I fear that they have left for the winter, having failed with their 4th and final brood. The only birds on show here were Coot and Moorhen and a pair of Gadwall. Darters and Hawkers interacted continuously along the edges of the lagoon, with one Common Darter seemingly flying up from his favoured spot attacking anything that came close. The Red Admiral fluttered by at this point.

So I took a walk up to the Warbler Hide, seeing a few more Dock Bugs along the way. Surprisingly, I didn't see very many dragons around this area. This was usually their favourite spots to soak up the sun.

Looking out from the Warbler Hide proved disappointing at first, but then the birds started to show up. First up was a very close flyby from a Grey Heron, squawking and flapping past me; a few Reed Warblers were flying back and forth over the reeds; a pair of Buzzards were gliding high in the sky over the treeline; about 4 or 5 Swallows were flying south; another Kestrel could be seen hovering way out to the right while another 4 or 5 Snipe flew past, heading for the meadow.

There was nothing much to be seen on the return leg. I bypassed the Kingfisher Hide and headed straight back to the Gadwall Hide. After settling down the peace was disturbed by a pair of Chinook helicopters flying over, scaring up most of the birds.

A minute later my birdy pal, Ron, walked in. After swapping the sightings of the day and putting the world to rights we eventually looked out over the lagoon and spotted a juvenile Kingfisher fly in and land on one of the posts in front of the Hide. We gave it another 10 minutes or so before moving on, Ron regaling me of his new-found knowledge of dragons and damsels and something about 'anal claspers'!

Time was getting on and so we headed back to Water Vole Corner for, hopefully, another glimpse of Ratty. But it was not to be and so I headed home.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Amwell Nature Reserve - 30th September 14

Weather: Sunny at warm at times, clouding over in places. Slight breeze.

Birds Total: 46
Plus: Large White Butterfly.
Plus: 7-spot Ladybird; Grey Squirrel; Hoverflies; Konik Ponies; Rudd; Sheep; Spiders.
Plus: Common Blue, Willow Emerald Damselflies; Brown Hawker, Common Darter, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter Dragonflies.

It was supposed to be the last day to access the Dragonfly Trail at Amwell today so I decided to head down there and try and locate the Willow Emerald damsels one last time. That was one reason, the other was that today was work detail day at Rye Meads. And on the train down I witnessed dozens of school children alighting from the train for RM, another good reason not to visit there today.

The journey also allowed me a view of my old friend, the Grey Heron, standing proudly tall and high, on a branch, while on the trail up to the Reserve I spotted a lovely Sparrowhawk fly over.

There were one or two familiar faces at the Watchpoint when I arrived. Out over the Lake I could see around 10 or so Grey Herons; a pair of Little Egrets; a lone Green Sandpiper; about 5 Common Snipe; a couple of dozen Lapwing; the same number of Wigeon, with accompanying Shoveler; Teal and Pochard and, finally, a couple of Great Crested Grebes. The usual Gulls; Coots and Mutes; Geese and Cormorants were also present. Four Swallows flew over, possibly some of the last migrants while a pair of Buzzards could be seen high in the distant sky.

The sun was blazing down at this point and I, again, regretted not smothering myself in Factor50. A few clouds plus a cooling breeze kept me from boiling over and making me divest my fleece.

I headed off and soon found myself in the James Hide. Another familiar face, a friend called Ron, was just exiting, saying nothing much was around. After ten minutes I had heard Cetti's Warbler; Water Rail; GSW and Green Woodpecker. But then the birds started appearing with another Buzzard, circling high over the tree horizon. Then another Sparrowhawk flew past, from left to right, followed a minute later by a Kestrel. The wet sock was still on the roof out front and the feeders were still empty, possibly to deter any rats, as had happened last year.

Just outside the Hide a Grey Squirrel spotted me and scampered up the nearest tree. Well, I know I'm old and ugly, but surely I'm not that bad! It eyed me warily as I walked past.

With nothing to see at the twin lagoons I moved on to the Bridge where a mating pair of Common Darters were basking in the sun. They were being chaperoned by a single male nearby, but he was possibly waiting for an opening.

I had only just entered the Dragonfly Trail and had wandered over to where I had first seen the Willow Emeralds and immediately spotted a female, ovipositing. She was soon joined by a male and they danced around the bushes together. There were also several conjoined pairs of Common Darters around and they kept spooking the Emeralds, to the effect that they moved off further down the stream. I moved with them, trying to avoid the bramble and overhanging branches. I managed to take a few photos before moving towards the walkway.

Just before that I heard, then saw, a Kingfisher flash past, low, across Hollycross Lake. Then Ron appeared again and said that he had found another pair of Willows by the iron bridge. I decided to head straight down there to find them.

After about 5 minutes of patient waiting we spotted them as they flew up and around the small stream, landing and moving every 30 seconds or so. They were quite difficult to photograph, with the light breeze blowing the reeds this way and that, making it quite a challenge. But, eventually, both males landed for long enough so that we could get some photos. There were also lots of Darters and Hawkers here too, all buzzing around, going about their business.

I took a quick walk around the river area, seeing not too much and quickly returned to try and find the Emeralds. I couldn't locate them by the iron bridge so I tried my luck on the walkway. There were quite a lot of Migrant Hawkers about here too and even more Common Darters. A few Ruddy Darters were around but nothing quite like the numbers of their cousins.

I had moved closer to the stream, adjacent to the lake, crouching down, looking to photograph one of the Ruddy Darters when another, conjoined, pair of Willows flew up and landed right in front of me. I was initially quite surprised but highly delighted by this sudden piece of good luck. It was if they had flown in to say hello. But it was good news and bad, as they were so close that I knew that if I moved they would fly up and away. I had no choice and tried to back away as slowly as possible. An almost impossible task as they flew up at the first movement, but, fortunately, only a meter away, landing on a nearby reed. They were very skittish and kept moving, allowing only a few shots, before flying off and disappearing.

That was six seen now, but I'm not too sure if they were the same pair. Common Darters and a few Hawkers then started to present themselves for immortality, maybe feeling a little left out from the 'Strictly Come Willow' show. Several insects appeared, one of which looked like a Cinnamon Sedge Caddisfly. The ovine workforce were still busy munching away and were continuing to ignore me and I was doing my best to ignore their droppings.

I then decided that lunch was long overdue, my growling stomach complaining loudly. I went and sat down on the same bench as before, looking out over the lake. A pair of Jays flew over from left to right towards the trees while the Kingfisher made a few more appearances, flying the opposite way. I could feel my nose burning from the hot sun. Thank God for Aloe Vera.

I had just finished brushing the crumbs off me when, amazingly, yet another pair of Willows flew in from the right and landed a few meters in front of me, by the stream. They were also in mating mode and were also very flighty. But I was again fortunate to get off a few shots before they too flitted up, like fine, light, feathers and flew off. The decision to put on some of my Willow Emerald aftershave this morning had obviously paid handsome dividends!

Feeling all Willow'd out and also fit from lunch I decided to finally head off towards the James and White Hides. I made a brief stop at the James, seeing nothing. Well, except for Reserve Warden, Jenny Sherwen plus one, in the distance, fighting their way through the reeds, clipboard in hand.

I met them on the walk around to the White Hide. They were planning future operations for the area. There was also a promise of keeping the Dragonfly Trail open for another week or so, dependent on the weather. I appraised her of the Willow Emerald sightings and moved on to the Hide.

View from the White Hide.
It was quite hot facing the sun and I had to sit in the shady area. Looking out I could see all the usual suspects. But, just before I headed off, I spotted a Kingfisher fly across the lake towards the James Hide, then a pair of Mute Swans scared up a Green Sandpiper to the left of the Hide, on the small island.

I checked the James to see if the Kingfisher had appeared. It hadn't and so I moved off to the Watchpoint. Twenty minutes later my red nose and I headed home.

Another fantastic day out. There were at least 4 Willow Emeralds seen today, possibly 8, one of which was ovipositing, boding well for future generations here.

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