Gold Digging….Again.

Grizedale Beck.

I watched a Golden-ringed Dragonfly flying towards me from this watchpoint on Thursday.

An hour earlier, I had failed to find anything here, but the return paid off and the dragonfly flew by me and continued upstream and out of sight.  

I walked back upstream to see the/another dragonfly flying back under Grizedale Bridge. Grizedale Brook is a good example of the perfect habitat for the Golden-ringed Dragonfly, it being unique in its breeding habit which is confined to acidic upland streams.

Also seen here, 6 Large Red Damselfly, and 7 Small Heath, 3 Meadow Brown, a Red Admiral and Speckled Wood.

Harrisend Fell.

Three hours on Harrisend had me find 12 Stonechat, evidence of four breeding pairs, including four juvenile. Also seen, 6 Mistle Thrush, 5 Meadow Pipit and at least as many heard, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet, with a few singing Willow Warbler heard, and 8 Small Heath butterflies.

Common Blue Damselfly Female. Pete Woodruff.

I was a little surprised to find this Common Blue Damselfly on the moorland of Harrisend Fell, with not a waterbody in sight.

Conder Pool.