Another weekend, and the Bigmos and Sigmonster are both still in Welwyn Garden City, being subjected to rigorous (we hope) testing by the Sigma folk. With no big lens for the birds, we decided to go to Thursley Common on Sunday, where there would be plenty of insects around to distract us from the unphotographable birdlife. It was a fine and sunny afternoon but rather windy (not nearly so bad as it had been at Stodmarsh though).
The dragons and damsels around were the same species mix that we saw on a similar trip here last year, with Black Darters and Keeled Skimmers stealing the show. I was hoping for a Golden-ringed but no go.
It was VERY quiet birdwise. One or two Swallows flew briskly overhead. At the northern corner, where there is still a lot of visible fire damage from the arson attack in 2006, we found a Stonechat family. Although Stonechats are cited as classic heathland birds, I think they are more fond of gorse bushes than heathland per se, and Thursley doesn't have a lot of gorse. Along the short section of path through pine and birch wood, we saw a couple of Redstarts.