Family commitments kept me busy at the weekend so a quick visit to New Hythe was in order this morning. I set off in bright conditions but the forecast of deteriorating weather proved to be correct and pretty soon conditions had degenerated to what is beginning to feel like the norm, grey skies and drizzle.
After my previous success in finding a Downy Emerald dragonfly (my first ever), and my total failure to ID it correctly (I committed the cardinal sin of assumption), I was hoping for more dragonflies and butterflies. I saw absolutely none, so I spent an hour or so peering into the undergrowth looking for, well, anything really.
The Slow Worm above was found on the east scrub, the cool conditions making it a tad lethargic, gave me the opportunity of a close up. Nice face shame about the tail, or lack of one! The highlights of my other meagre discoveries are pictured below.
FROGHOPPER (CERCOPIS VULNERATA)
COMMON BLUE DAMSELFLY
You're right, these aren't bugs, they're Swallows resting in a tree alongside Brooklands lake. I took this last week and i've included it because I like it, don't know why, I just do.
Other news is that we have seven Blue Tit chicks in the camera nest box and the Nightingale is still singing just past the bottom of the garden.