|Common Darter female at Far Pasture|
|Common Darter male at Far Pasture|
No Ruddy darters though, but a double-figure count of Emerald damsels on the pond, with the odd common blue and a tandem pair of large red damsels being the only noteable others.
And then a cracking bonus back home later in the afternoon. When out in the garden I spied a hawker foraging around the front gardens of the next houses. It showed on and off for a while but was very flighty in continuous hunting mode and didn't come close enough for a really good look. However I got it in my bins a few times, it was certainly one of the mosaic types and the straight abdomen ruled out Southern right away. Even at distance I felt it was too large for a Migrant, coupled with the fact I'm sure a yellow costa was visible at times when it came head on so I'm confident enough to call it as a Common Hawker, probably an immature male as any bright colouring was difficult to make out.
A stroke of luck then, as I hadn't yet got one on my Gateshead list this year, the only one seen thus far being at Pow Hill Park the day I got the golden-ringed. Gettin !