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Turtle Dove returns, Rabbits & Ring Ouzel, Dragons at Filby.....

First stop of a sunny morning (10th) at Beighton found a Turtle Dove back in residence, filling the air with its ‘purring’ song.
A Little Owl flew up from Stone Road, on the way to Buckenham and perched in a roadside tree, grimacing down towards the car from its branch.
A look at the Rabbit warren, near Buckenham station found a male Ring Ouzel still present, after being seen there the previous day. 2 Mistle Thrush (one juvenile), Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler and a Red Kite were all, recorded from the area, with the kite carrying something that looked like part of a rabbit. Other far more healthy rabbits were seen here with several youngsters.
A walk along the track at Buckenham Marshes did not find too much unusual, but a few Avocets were on the main pool and a Chinese Water Deer ran across one of the fields.
On to Filby, where there was no sign of the two Black Terns seen there the previous day on Filby Broad, although several Common Terns were present and a Great Crested Grebe was swimming across the broad with a small fish, no doubt for the young seen there during a previous recent visit.
A good selection of species, were found along the path to Ormesby Little Broad, including the first dragonflies of the year. At least, 14 Large Red, 8 Variable, 6 Blue-tailed, 4 Red-eyed, 3 Common Blue and 3 Azure Damselflies and 3 Hairy Dragonflies were found during several searches along the path.
Butterflies were also on show, with at least 7 Orange-tips, 8 Green-veined White, Large White, Red Admiral (first of the year), Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood, 3 Holly Blue and a male Brimstone.
Alderflies were regularly seen, as was a Xylota segnis hoverfly, Bee-fly, Flesh Fly (pair mating), 4 Carder and a single (worker) Red-tailed Bumblebee, Soldier Beetle Cantharis rustica, Araniella cucurbitina spider and an Ichneumon species, which after some research remains unidentified to species level. However, this comes as no surprise, especially after reading the answer given by Dr Gavin Broad at the Natural History when asked for his comments on ichneumon identification. The first part of his answer is as follows:

‘There are some ichneumons that can be readily identified from photos, such as Amblyteles armatorius, or Ichneumon suspiciosus. Ophion obscuratus is a wasp often photographed and easily recognised (its main confusion species is very rare and can almost always be readily discounted). Some of the larger Tryphoninae can be fairly easily identified and many of the larger Ichneumoninae can be recognised on colour pattern, if one is familiar with the species (that's quite a big 'if'!). It is also worth noting that Chinery's photographic guide has a page of ichneumonids entirely incorrectly named.’

At least 4 Garden Warblers were singing along the path, a female Cuckoo flew over calling, a Chiifchaff was singing, several Common Terns, Great Crested Grebes (2 lots of 2 young, one pair originally with three seems to have lost one) and a Hobby was the first of the year.

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Rabbits and Ring Ouzel

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