Can i just say I HAVE NEVER CHASED MY ARSE SO MUCH !
Anyway...stuff it. We will get somewhere one day soon.
Today on my pilgrimage from South Gosforth to Wallsend calling at all stations including Longbenton, Four Lane Ends, Benton and Palmersville via the Rising Sun i saw my first blue butterfly of the year shortly followed by my first Small Skipper. What an awful year for our spectacular butterflies, not to mention our stunning dragons and damsels. A number of Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies kept me entertained at the Plantation Dipping Pond with a Southern Hawker Exuvia the only representative of our Anisoptera. At the Double Dipping Ponds i again had the previous couple of species of Zygoptera but a few Large Red added to the numbers. All the way through the site i had large numbers of Ringlet and Meadow Brown Butterflies but it was very quiet on the bird front, as would be expected.
|Common Blue Butterfly|
|Under wing, Common Blue|