Monday, 19 August 2013

A mixed bag

Saturday evening saw us in less than ideal conditions doing a spot of mothing, numbers were low and produced nothing out of the ordinary,amongst the catch were several Square Spot Rustics, a couple of Mother of Pearl and what looked like some bird poo on a window near our light, on closer inspection it turned out to be a rather cute looking Chinese Character.
Sunday saw us making several visits around Branton Ponds, where there seemed to have been a small increase in the numbers of Common Blue Damselflies, Common Darters and a few Common Hawkers, sadly the Hawkers eluded the camera. Butterflies were also about and included Small Coppers and a single Comma.
Monday saw us down at Druridge Bay Country Park, there were plenty of Peacocks and Common Hawkers but the most impressive were the large number of Speckled Woods flying about.
Our day out was rubber stamped by the sight of an Osprey at Hedgeley Bridge near Powburn,it first landed on the Bridge railings then took off and headed down river towards Hedgeley Ponds with a Common Sandpiper in hot pursuit, meanwhile a Kingfisher stood silently on a rock at the rivers edge.     

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