The Walled Garden Pond held nothing at all so we quickly moved on to the Lily Pond, where a similar lack of dragons looked to be the case. No excuses as the sun was beating down and hardly a breeze, if they were there, they'd be out.
Lo and behold, a damsel eventually showed, just away from the pond as tends to be the case with immatures. I tracked down a few more, but like at Far Pasture they were all Azures, and in small numbers too.
|First Azure spotted at Gibside - immature male|
|A female next, didn't realise 'til I saw the photo she was|
munching on something
|Another male, one of about ten.|
Some late Dragonfly News from today :
Kibblesworth Brickworks Pools held the first 4-Spotted Chaser and Common Blue damselfly (both immature females) courtesy of Rob Stonehouse (photographs on Gatesheadandbeyond)
Quite a few toadpoles in the Lily Pond and three newts also seen, one sporting the large paddle feet typical of a Palmate.
|Dark tadpoles usually belong to toads, frogs are|
paler and spotted
|Close-up shows definitely a toad pole|
Earlier at home I evicted a spider from the house and as it regained its composure on the side fence I got a super macro shot of it, a scary beast :
|That's close enough thanks|
|Hunting kestrel, eventually mobbed by house martins|
The local House martins seem to be back with plenty of airborne action above the garden, and an established nest being visited over the back. I forgot how good their predator warnings are, the little farting noises being suddenly replaced by shrill ringtones means it's always worth looking up, usually a sparrowhawk is about, today it was the kestrel.