|Ruddy Darter (male)|
A single buzzard was the only other raptor around but three swallows heading south, a pied wagtail and a GS woodpecker flying over were the pick of the supporting cast before we parted company.
Job done I made the return journey but now didn't have time to call in on Shibdon where I was hoping to pick up a few waders and maybe a migrant hawker or two. The river level was so low it wasn't worth stopping at the damhead for salmon either so my first stop wasn't til Kite Hill where I patrolled slowly searching for migrant hawkers without success.
Only option now was Far Pasture, for possibly the last time this season now that the weather is set to turn for the worse.
Only darters on show today, maybe the wind kept the hawkers away but then again I didn't bother looking on the pond. The roadside fences held more old females than a grab-a-granny night.
|One of many female common darters present at |
Far Pasture roadside today
|And a male enjoying a meal of sorts|
Still plenty around, though a quick look on the forbidden pond provided only a single patrolling male and a female ovipositing alone, quite a difference from this time last year when the mating frenzy here involved 60+ darters during the October mini-heatwave, just shows that no two years are the same where wildlife watching is concerned.
So that may be the final outing of the season, only time (and the weather) will tell. Maybe still time for that elusive female migrant hawker (haven't seen one yet this year never mind photographed one) but I'm not holding me breath on that one either.
But you never know; stay tuned . . . . . .