Work took me to the lower Aln yesterday. Birds were relatively quiet but there was a male lesser whitethroat singing close to Bilton Mill and reed warbler singing towards Lesbury. Other birds included good numbers of tree sparrows, greenfinches and swallows.
The highlight of the walk was a male banded damoiselle dragonfly - first for the year. It would be interesting to know if these have been seen regularly on the lower Aln. Butterflies of note were 3 orange tips, 1 ringlet and several large and small whites. Both silver y's and silver-ground carpet moths were also on the wing.