Saturday, September 08, 2007
Above - Harwood Forest and its Fallowlees Lough with Black Darter dragonflies.
A cracking summery autumn day basking in warm sunshine.
For a change Jane, Bunts and mysel took a trip to Harwood Forest, central Northumberland, for a walk with the idea of checking Fallowlees Lough for dragonflies.
The pool was 'rattling' with them. 'Buzzing' doesn't sound right because they don't buzz, they rattle! We had great views of 40+ Black Darters, tiny little dragons and the first I've seen. Several pairs were coupled and egg laying at our feet, other single males were chasing females around with gusto. Also here were the more sinister Common Hawkers, about a dozen of them chasing the Darters if they got in the way, and the ephemeral Emerald Damselflies in small numbers. I couldn't get pics of the latter two, the hawkers never landing and the Emeralds landed on rushes over the water so I couldn't get near.
Bird wise 4 Crossbills including a very late juvenile, 2 Jays, Buzzard and Siskins were the highlight while the only thing on the lough was a young family of Little Grebes.
A very pleasant afternoon.