A morning visit to Thornley Woods Pond last Sunday after a night of rain gave just a single large red damsel and a few azures.
|Thornley Woods Pond|
The thick mat of grasses creeping further out from the far margins, the nearside still regularly
used as a dogs bathing area.
|Highlight today was watching this wasp drinking raindrops from the emergent grasses.|
Far Pasture the same day didn't fare much better, three common darters on the pond, azure, common blue, blue-tailed and emerald damsels scattered about in ones and twos, and a brief glimpse of a mystery hawker which showed an extended light blue saddle on an otherwise dark abdomen reminiscent of a female lesser emperor, but so brief was the view as it shot across the pond that was the only bit that registered, after which three days of rain meant I wasn't able to investigate further until Thursday, by which time there was no sign of any hawkers at all on the pond.
|At least the Little Grebe family showed well, parent feeding the little stripey with a selection|
of fishy treats
|Not much in the way of dragons but I did find a common blue damsel on the road |
which bore an uncanny resemblance to Hitler
|Nice weather for ducks|
Bright sunshine when I set out for far Pasture on Thursday, but spent the best part of an hour here
just watching the ducks get wet.
|Common Darter (immature male)|
mainly yellowish in colour
|Common Darter (maturing male)|
starting to develop an orangey red tinge along the abdomen
|Common Darter (mature male)|
Abdomen now the complete orange/red colour
|Common Darter close-up|
The immature male showing a mainly yellow thorax and yellow striping on legs
|Common Darter (female)|
A boldly marked individual, note the much thicker abdomen than the male. Similar to the
Ruddy Darter female but the yellow leg-stripes are a giveaway.
|She began probing the fence with the tip of her abdomen in a graceful rhythmic gymnastic show|
I've never seen performed before, so no idea what it was all about.
|Token arty shot to finish.|
Disappointingly not a sniff of a Ruddy Darter yet, but given the poor numbers of common darters on show so far that's hardly surprising either.
Hoping for better weather and opportunities next week.