On a recuperational walk in the fresh air though I did manage to at last catch up with a few Common Darters at Far Pasture, not on the pond itself but by the access road, always a good place to go hunting for this particular species which will perch openly on ground, fences or at the top of any tall roadside plant. It wasn’t a planned visit so I didn’t have my camera. Three males seen in all, one immature (yellow), two mature (orangey/red).
The big surprise really is that it took me ‘til July 27th just to see one. I will return (officially) to record the species for my blog as soon as the chance arises.
Last Sunday a family visit to Gibside proved pretty fruitless, despite a beautiful day just a few common blue damsels at the Lily Pond, but I did get this photo of the site so you can see what a scenic little pond it is.
|The Lily Pond at Gibside|
(Column of British Liberty in the background)
So I haven’t been idle despite my incapacitation. Need to get cracking now though and fill in a few gaps.