Can't pass Clara Vale LNR without a quick whizz around. I thought it would be a 'nailed on' for a Dragonfly or two, but was wrong -again. However just past the pond we spotted a Jay panting in the bright sunshine.
There was an impresive display of orchids in the area around the pond
and loads of Azure Damsefly
a quick visit into the hide produced only Blue, Coal and Great Tit.
Had a wander around part of Weetslade CP this afternoon. I was hoping to spot some Dragonfly activity and I did watch a large blue Dragonfly patrolling back and forth but could not identify it. There were small numbers of Large Red Damselfly.
There were, however, some stunning orchids on show. The flower head on this first one was at least 6" tall
A Common Buzzard rose from the adjacent woodland and soared into the sky
Thought it was time to review Kibblesworth Ponds for Dragons and Damsels, so we ambled over there about 11am this morning and it was red hot.
There were about 40-50 Four-Spotted Chasers and countless Azure, Blue-tailed, Common Blue and Large Red Damselfly
Talking to a regular visitor to this pond, he said that the chasers had first appeared about 2-3 weeks ago, agreeing that was much earlier than normal.
I also checked out the two Hedley Ponds near Birkheads where there were numerous Damselfly but no Dragons.
Later in the afternoon did a quick circuit of Newcastle Great Park pond where again there were many Blue-tailed, Azure and Large Red Damselfly
and quite a number of newly emerged Damselfly