|Druridge Pools Track|
Ahead of the flow, I started off well south this morning at Druridge Pools for an hour. Waders were in short supply with little of note other than a Ruff on the Budge Fields, but local migrant passerines were everywhere, feeding up before the big push. In the patch of brambles above and along the track were 6+ Common Whitethroat, 4+ Blackcap, 10+ Willow /Chiffs and a single Reed Warbler. A Swift flew overhead with three species of hirundines.
|Not a Bluethroat|
The final avoidance tactic was to get back north on the A1. This called for a detour via Corby Crags for dragonflies.
|Heather in all its glory.|
10+ Black Darters were on the wing but keeping low in cover as it was quite cool up here. A couple of Red Admirals were on the heather and some russula and Brown Roll Rim fungi emerging under the pines.
Thanks to the glorious weather, an excellent morning was had - without the Tour de France!