The circumnavigation of Blotts having produced only 1 Dunlin and 1 Common Sandpiper by way of migrant birds and this first of the year Small Copper, I set off in search of Green Hairstreaks.
I’ve only ever found them near the car-park but Alan Clewes kindly drew my attention to a couple in what he knows as a favourite bramble patch a hundred metres away.
A subsequent search found no more but there was compensation with two more firsts of the year; this immature male Common Blue damselfly…
….and a Small Yellow Underwing (moth).
A few years ago, I found Changing Forget-me-not at Holme Pierrepont and its still there in good numbers and just coming in to flower.
Aeroplanes are pretty scarce at the moment so I snapped this one but a Hobby got in the way and spoilt it!
There were four or five Hobbys cruising around picking off airborne insects and they were joined by a few less accomplished Black-headed Gulls.