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|
all pics by Bob Hazel