September can often be wet but this one was unusually dry, rain falling on only eight days. Although it wasn’t particularly warm, above average sunshine produced what has long been known as an “Indian Summer.”
Autumn came early, leaf-
Keen to catch up with some of the wildlife we missed during this Covid year, Trevor Davenport and I donned our masks and took the train to St Michaels on 1st. A five-
My frequent trips to the Devil’s Hole to record willows led to the unexpected discovery on 5th of two enormous hawkmoth caterpillars on the same bush. I photographed both of them, the first being an Eyed Hawkmoth with its distinctive bluish tail-
The following day, the caterpillars were still there and Trevor and I counted seven Northern Dune Tiger Beetles on bare sand around the Devil’s Hole. Trevor also spotted a Lesser Hornet Hoverfly on Ragwort, while five Migrant Hawkers were cruising majestically along the nearby sheltered woodland edge.
On 9th, a first visit this year to a friend’s enormous garden pond at Hillside was too late for most dragonflies but we counted 14 Common Darters and, as we were about to leave, a rather battered male Southern Hawker turned up, perching conveniently on some garden furniture.
Patches of flowering Ivy on the sheltered south-
Ivy at the top of Range Lane and at Wicks Path, Formby Point was also productive. The former provided more Ivy Bees, while the latter was graced by a Yellow-
After regular mouth-