On my way back from Crimdon Dene and having limited time i called into this woodland park. I have only been once before, much earlier in the year so was expecting much in the way of Dragons', Damsels',and Butters'. Unfortunately the weather has continued to be changeable with a blustery wind at times. I will be back in the next couple of weeks as the landscape looks to be brilliant for all three. A lack of water is very noticeable as quite a few of the smaller outlying "waterholes" were barren with large cracks running through them. A bit more rain, sunshine and a bit less wind and BINGO, i reckon.
In the limited time i had along with Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies, i came across some stunning Emerald tucked away in a wooded area which looked at if usually held an amount of water. I walked part of the nature trail and scanning the meadow insects of all sorts where hovering about with various Butterflies also but with limited time i was not able to pursue any to make out what species they were. Just the one Dragonfly was found, a Four-spotted Chaser, which i sat down to, to try to capture some images of. The sun was behind some menacing clouds for the rest of my visit so i had a walk to the main lake to see what birds were on the water. Nothing too exciting and no sign not surprisingly of the possible nesting Kingfishers but i did find the Sparrowhawks nest and in the two minutes i had to spend there saw two chicks. Got to go back soon.
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N.B. 2 good sightings at RISING SUN COUNTRY PARK, 10.00a.m. Little Egret, 12.50p.m. Greenshank THURS 15 JULY per Birdguides