Service Stations for Swallows

by A warbler a day

On my travels around Hampshire this week I have been struck by the numbers of Hirundines (Swallows and Martins) that have been around at particular spots. They appear to be using these places as service stations, topping up on food and water as the head south. On Thursday it was the water meadows by Hockley Viaduct, Friday it was over Testwood lakes and today it was around the trees on top of Danebury Ring.

Also of interest seen this week:
* A nice range of waders, including a flock of Grey Plovers, at Keyhaven lagoon.
* A Clouded Yellow butterfly at Testwood Lakes
* Southern and Migrant Hawker dragonflies at Frensham Great Pond
* Speckled Wood and Small Heath butterflies at Danebury Ring.