Sunday, 22 July 2012

A Mixed Weekend

Saturday off patch, a family outing to Herrington Country Park in glorious sunshine, good day out with a hike up Penshaw Monument. A flypast by a Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster Bomber on way to Sunderland Airshow was a treat, and we had a good scoot around the network of paths passing a number of water-bodies, but alas not a single dragon or damsel to report, though a very brightly coloured magpie moth was a nice find.

Sunday afternoon another family outing, this time local to Gibside. A classic car show was the attraction here today but afterwards a walk took us to a couple of ponds where despite the blustery conditions there was at least some activity. The Walled Garden Pond had a couple of common darters close-by and an unidentified teneral damselfly at the car show itself.
The lily pond had a dozen or so common blue damsels and a single large red, but star of the day was the first Emerald Damselfly of the season, flushed up and successfully photographed along a beaten-down path in one of the flower meadows.

 
Good result, the final damsel of the season, bringing species seen so far to 12. 

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