6 of us met at the village hall for a walk around Bury Green to Much Hadham and then back along the River Ash.
A good walk in glorious weather gave the first records of a broad bodied chaser dragonfly near The Ford. A visit to a superb private garden gave views of brown hawker (1st for the year) , emperor dragonfly, 4 spot chasers and black tailed skimmers. On the bird front, all was sexceptionally quiet, with a calling tawny owl and little owl being the highlight.
Butterflies were recorded in good numbers with marbled whites being seen (2) along with Essex skippers, ringlet, speckled wood, comma, large and small white, gatekeeper and meadow brown, However, the highlight was the first year records of purple hairstreak, found in 2 locations. We were lucky enough to find one feeding on the floor, as shown here.
The other photos depict the broad bodied chaser, Essex skipper and a swallow on the wires at The Ford.