Thursday, 17 July 2014


Started the day at Shibdon where a Shoveler was new in and a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling by the A1. Plenty of Meadow Brown and a couple of Comma.

A look up to Blanchland again failed to turn up a Golden-ringed Dragonfly, but several Common Hawker showed along with a pair of Spotted Flycatcher.

Common Hawker
Spotted Flycatcher

Baybridge held a few Common Hawker and a basking Slow Worm.

The middle bit of a Slow Worm

Last chance for a Golden-ringed was Winnows Hill where there were several Common Hawker, loads of Common Blue Damselfly and a couple of Large Red and Emerald Damselfly. At the back of the pond a large dragonfly moved into view and gave a couple of passes. A stunning Golden-ringed Dragonfly which then perched up for photos. A walk around the open areas between the trees gave more Common Hawker including a mating pair.

Golden-ringed Dragonfly
Common Hawker
Kibblesworth held Emperor Dragonfly, Four-spotted Chaser, Common Hawker and Common Darter,plus good numbers of Common Blue and Azure Damselfly with a few Emerald. A couple of Purple Hairstreak played briefly around the oak tops, while Small Tortoiseshell were along the path.

Emerald Damselfly
Small Tortoiseshell
Common Darter

1 comment:

  1. Words can't describe how jealous I am of that Golden-ringed, lovely photo as well. At this rate I reckon you'll qualify for the title of Dragonhunter for 2014 as I'm having a shite year so far :-(