Dragonflies were everywhere and my raptor spotting was made difficult by the sheer number of them in the air which frequently fooled me into thinking I was on to a distant raptor (strangley enough I had no Hobbies eating them). Most of the large species were so active that it was impossible to see what they were but I managed to identify Southern Hawker (blågrønnlibelle), Brown Hawker (brunlibelle), Common Hawker (starrlibelle), Golden-ringed Dragonfly (kongelibelle), a late Four-spotted Chaser (firflekkbredlibelle), Black Darter (svarthøstlibelle), Yellow-winged Darter (gulvingehøstlibelle), Ruddy Darter (blodhøstlibelle), Vagrant Darter (sørhøstlibelle) and Emerald Damselfly (nordmetallvannymfe). In addition, I almost certainly saw Common Darter (Senhøstlibelle) and Common Blue Damselfly (innsjøvannymfe) which I know are there are the moment but I did not document them. I may also have had a Migrant Hawker (septemberlibelle) but managed no photos and this would be a good record.
Butterflies were also very numerous today even if the diversity has become much less. Red Admirals are now the most numerous, followed by Small Tortoiseshells and Painted Ladies with just a few Peacocks, Brimstones and Green-veined and Small Whites. Thistles attract all these species and seeping sap on birch trees proves especially attractive to the Red Admirals.
|one less Painted Lady (tistelsommerfugl) but a bit more energy for a Red-backed Shrike (tornskate) before the long autumn migration begins|
|ecological garden leaves lots of insects and this plot has proven to be very attractive to up to 6 young shrikes|
|these 2 (of 3) youngsters are still not independent and were succesfully begging for food from dad|
|this 1cy male Bluethroat (blåstrupe) may well have been around for a week or so|
|todays Honey Buzzard (vepsevåk) which I reckon is a female|
|looks at all the Red Admirals!|
|Red Admiral and Peacock (dagåpåfugløye)|
|Small Tortoiseshells (neslesommerfugl)|
|This pair of Yellow-winged Darters (gulvingehøstlibelle) represent the first proof of "breeding" of the species in Oslo!|
|and there were at least an additional 4 males|
|this Four-spotted Chaser (firflekklibelle) is a late record|
|Golden-ringed Dragonflies (kongelibelle) are incredibly smart!|
|male Black Hawker (svarthøstlibelle) is a tiny dragonfly and the easiest to identify|