Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Stockton again

Did not think the pond was worth the effort so spent the afternoon visiting Stockton Cutting and Tasker Meadows in very humid conditions with intermittent sunshine which produced a varied amount of fauna and flora with butterflies represented by Small White, 10 Common Blue, Small Blue, 2 Dingy Skipper, 6 Grizzled Skipper, 4 Brimstone and Small Heath.
Moths included 6 Silver Y which probably came in on the warm air over night from the continent, Straw Dot and Red Twin-spotted Carpet.
Failed to get to grips with my first dragonfly of the year as it made a quick dash across Tasker Meadows but there were plenty of newly emerged White-legged Damselflies along with smaller numbers of Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies.

Birds included Green Woodpecker, Great-spotted Woodpecker and a Buzzard and the usual orchids found.
Greater Butterfly Orchid

Early Purple Orchid

Grizzled Skipper

Dingy Skipper
all pics by Bob Hazel

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