After Monday's excellent visits to Glapthorn and Barnack Hills nature reserves the remainder of the week has been spent locally, with several year-ticks to mention. Monday's glorious blue skies were actually the best weatherwise, with the rest of week being dominated by the resurgence of the jet stream and of course ‘Storm Hector’, which thankfully wasn't too disruptive for us.
A later start this morning heading over to Taskers Meadow and Stockton Cutting. A generally overcast visit with occasional brightness but it did produce a couple of year-first butterflies: Marbled White
. Other year-firsts for Odanata and Orchids included three White-legged Damselfly
and Bee Orchid
. The meadow is also a great place to find Butterfly Orchids
and there were still several showing very well.
|Marbled White ✅|
|White-legged Damselfly ✅|
|Bee Orchid ✅|
⛅14C Wednesday/Friday 13th/15th June 2018
~ Ryton Wood
& Brandon Marsh
It was a bit blustery at Ryton Wood on Wednesday with intermittent sunshine but the brightness managed to bring out several emerging White Admirals. Also of note during my stay a single Wood White and Roe Deer.
|Newly emerged and Year-First ✅ White Admiral|
|Roe Deer at Ryton Wood|
Another event which occurred was distinctly confusing. At first what I believed to be a Willow Warbler
suddenly switched to the song of a Chiffchaff
! Apparently, this is not such a rare event as you would imagine but it was another first for me ~ Related Article HERE
|The view that greeted me from the Car Park at Brandon Marsh|
I spent my whole visit to Brandon Marsh on Friday around the Tip, River Meadow, Farm Field and Top Reedbed area, with the large fire just across the river at the scrapyard a major disruption. It was no surprise, therefore, with acrid smoke and ash blowing constantly across the reserve, even blocking out the sun on occasions that things were pretty slow.
Best of visit Hobby
, Small Heath
(4), Large Skipper
(2), Red Admiral
(1), Speckled Wood
(8), my first Brandon Bee Orchid
and plenty of Chimney Sweep
moths during the brief time I spent on River Meadow.