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Old Sunday 27th June 2010, 18:14   #26
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Yes I saw a couple. Don't really know my plants but I did see Bee Orchid, which was good. Also saw the one (can't remember its name) that is unique to Bishop Mid - not fully out yet though.
There's a rare plant call Dark red Helloborine which has one of its largest populations in the country at BM.
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Great trip to Bishop Middleham today;

Plenty of Northern Brown Argus - wasn't expecting to see specimens with clear white spots but did plus dark spotted types.

1 Dingy Skipper
Large Skippers
Meadow Browns
Ringlets
Common Blues
Small Heathes

At Dorman's Pool;

1 Grayling
Small Skippers
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Were you at Dormans around lunchtime? I may have chatted with you about butterflies (wearing a grey tee-shirt). I was mainly looking for dragonflies though got sidetracked with the Reed and Sedge Warblers.

Quite a fwe Black-tailed Skimmers around today both sides of the slag embankment, also 3-4 Emperors and Four-spot Chaser.
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Old Sunday 27th June 2010, 20:57   #28
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There's a rare plant call Dark red Helloborine which has one of its largest populations in the country at BM.
Yes, that was it!
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Hi Steve,

Were you at Dormans around lunchtime? I may have chatted with you about butterflies (wearing a grey tee-shirt). I was mainly looking for dragonflies though got sidetracked with the Reed and Sedge Warblers.

Quite a fwe Black-tailed Skimmers around today both sides of the slag embankment, also 3-4 Emperors and Four-spot Chaser.

Hi Ian, yes it was me - asked you about Grayling. You looked to be getting some good warbler shots. Nice to meet you.
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I went on a Golden-ringed Dragonfly hunt today around Hamsterley Forest and Tunstall reservoir.At Hamsterley i parked at the Grove and walked a couple of the forest tracks.First track i walked didn't see anything not even a butterfly.But after walking for 30 mins or so on the other track i spotted a male GR Dragonfly but unfortuately i only saw it for a minute before it few over some trees and disappeared.I then decided to go to Tunstall reservoir and that certainly proved to be the right decision.At Tunstall i parked my car at the top end near the farm and walked past the nature reserve and up a step track and nearly halfway up i spotted a GR Dragonfly flying low over a patch of bracken it eventually settled and i had cracking views of it resting.I saw another one fly over some trees and after a couple of minutes it came back a started patrolling along the edge of the trees.It was poor of seeing butterflies today i saw a single of each Red Admiral,Ringlet,Meadow Brown and Small Heath.
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Old Monday 28th June 2010, 22:06   #31
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A few pics from hebburn the weekend. specked wood, Meadow browns, ringlets, burnet moths. as well as skippers. good thread btw martin
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A few pics from hebburn the weekend. specked wood, Meadow browns, ringlets, burnet moths. as well as skippers. good thread btw martin
Where abouts in Hebburn do you see the butterflies.There are a good number of Meadows Browns out now and Ringlets,Five and Six spot Burnets there numbers are certainly increasing.I saw loads of Burnets of both species at Kibblesworth yesterday.
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Old Tuesday 29th June 2010, 15:19   #33
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Had a hour at Testo's Pool this afternoon quite a lot of dragonfly activity male and female Emperors the female was laying eggs, 2 Black tailed Skimmers,6 FS Chasers,4 Common Darters,lots of BT Damselflies,Blue Damselflies,4 Azure Damselflies also 15 newly emerged Emerald Damselflies.Not many butterflies seen 12 Meadow Browns,one of each Small skipper,Large Skipper ,Speckled Wood and a good number of five spot Bunt moths.

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Where abouts in Hebburn do you see the butterflies.There are a good number of Meadows Browns out now and Ringlets,Five and Six spot Burnets there numbers are certainly increasing.I saw loads of Burnets of both species at Kibblesworth yesterday.
Generally speaking the whole of the riverside park has butterflies, I think the north half may have more whites and speckled woods but the south half has the marked areas of long wild grasses. This area is best for the more interesting birds and butterflies. with the best areas being the brambles alongside the railway (large skippers, painted ladies (Non so far this year)) the nettled area and adjacent grassy field (peacocks, meadow browns and ringlets) and the in and around the shrubs(speckled wood, burnets, in past years I have seen some blue butterflies around here presumably common blue but not got good views).

I have not seen red admirals or small skippers in the area yet but maybe I just need to look more.

when in the area it is nice to visit the community farm it has rare breeds of farm animals, it is free to visit and if you have family that like that sort of thing it's a nice place to visit, great for kids.

come to think of it I may just have a look for some butterflies now.

Any questions on the wildlife in the area, (a limited bunch) I'd be happy to let you know anything I know.
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Thanks for the info Pete i will have to have a look sometime seems a interesting area.The Blues you have seen i expect they will be Common Blues but it's worth checking for Holly Blues.They perfer parks and gardens rather than the grassy habitat that the Common Blues like.I get Holly Blues in the garden most years just 1 or 2.I didn't see any last year but saw 1 a few weeks ago in the garden they are still scarce in our patch.
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Old Tuesday 29th June 2010, 20:50   #36
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Butterflies & Dragonflies

28-06-2010
Coatham woods
50+Ringlet
02x Sm. Tortoiseshell
05x Common Blue
03x Sm. Skipper
08x Meadow Brown
Dragonflies:-
07 Emperor (M)
09 Emperor (F) Laying
18x Broad Bodied Chaser (M)
08x Broad Bodied Chaser (F) Laying
20+ 4 Spotted Chaser
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A few shots from Rainton today, plenty of others around aswell but they wouldnt sit still for the camera mostly Meadow Browns and Skippers(small I think)
Went to Barmston on the way back and pretty much the same selection there a part from a Speckled Wood.
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Went to Bishop Middleham again this morning but to the Castle Lake area saw 8 newly emerged Small Tortoiseshells, lots of Meadow Browns,4 Ringlets and several Chimney- sweeper moths.Back home in the garden 2 Speckled Woods and a Large White.

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Went to Bishop Middleham again this morning but to the Castle Lake area saw 8 newly emerged Small Tortoiseshells, lots of Meadow Browns,4 Ringlets and several Chimney- sweeper moths.Back home in the garden 2 Speckled Woods and a Large White.
Photographed this example of Hobby food (phone held to scope) at Allans pool, Bish Midd.
Within half an hour it was being eaten in mid air by a Hobby just above my head
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Photographed this example of Hobby food (phone held to scope) at Allans pool, Bish Midd.
Within half an hour it was being eaten in mid air by a Hobby just above my head
Hi Steve i haven't managed to catch up with any of the Hobbies yet.Seems to be a very good year for them same with Emperor Dragonflies.There's been a couple of sightings of Hobby and Kibblesworth brickworks pool recently one was seen taking dragonfly then it rested in a dead tree for 5mins before flying off.
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Saw my first hawker of the year today at Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park. A female Common Hawker.

Also Broad-bodied CHaser x3, Four-spot Chaser x6, Emperor Dragonfly x4 and lots of damselflies still.
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Went to Tileshed,Boldon this afternoon big increase of the number of butterflies seen from my last visit a few days ago especially Meadow Browns,Small Skippers and Ringlets
Meadow Brown 40+
Ringlet 21
Small Skipper 30+ my biggest count of Small Skipper so far this year.
Large Skipper 2
Common Blue 4
Small Copper 1
Speckled Wood 2
Moths
Shaded -broad Bar 8
Five -spot Burnet 10
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Had a very good morning for butterflies around the local area despite the blusterly wind.I went to Fulwell quarry first, saw a lot more butterflies than my last visit. Good numbers of Small Skippers,Ringlets and Meadow Browns.
Small Skipper 26
Large Skipper 3
Ringlet 75
Common Blue 15
Small Heath 15
Speckled Wood 1
Large White 1
Meadow Brown 40+
Moths seen

Silver Y 4
Shade -broad Bar 2
Lattice Heath 3
Five and Six spot Burnets small numbers of each.
Next place i visited was Marsden quarry not so many butterflies seen here

Common Blue 9
Meadow Brown 19
Ringlet 8
Large Skipper 1
Small Skipper 1
Moths seen

Chimney Sweeper 1
Silver Y 2
Final stop was Whitburn CPK
Common Blue 23
Meadow Brown 30+
Ringlet 24
Large White 1
Speckled Wood 9
Small Skipper 18
Small Skippers are certainly well established in our area now total of 45 seen today and only 4 Large Skippers.

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Went to Waskerley today it was very blusterly up there but despite that saw few butterflies highlight being Small -Pearl bordered Fritillaries some of them are now looking very worn they are coming to the end of there flight season.I was hoping to see DG Fritillary but no sign of any.Butterflies seen today

Ringlet 15
SPB Frit 14
Common Blue 4
Small Heath 9
Meadow Brown 20
Large Skipper 2
Small Skipper 3
Red Admiral 1

Moths seen
Chimney sweeper 3
Five spot Burnets 6

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had a walk in the colliery woods early this morning and saw a small very vivid red small butterfly, looking in books it must have been a small tortoiseshell, it was very red tho and boldon isnt tropical so thats the postman out.
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had a walk in the colliery woods early this morning and saw a small very vivid red small butterfly, looking in books it must have been a small tortoiseshell, it was very red tho and boldon isnt tropical so thats the postman out.
There are a few Small Tortoiseshells starting to appear now.The newly emerged ones do look very bright compared to the spring ones
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Just been trimming a shrub in the garden and i disturbed a Swallow -tailed Moth must have just recently emerged it was in perfect condition.
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Not quite in our region but may be of interest to some.

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A short walk from kibblesworth saw a red admiral, three small tortoiseshells, 6 or seven common blues, several ringlets, a large white, lots of skippers, I have only subsequently learnt the difference between large and small (all my photo's are of small skippers) but I have a feeling some of the butterflies there were larger and darker. also lots of meadow browns and I saw one small heath whilst there.

there were absolutely loads, literally hundreds if not thousands of both types of burnet moths (picture 3 is 5 spot picture 4 is 6 spot I think). Also lots of grasshoppers. Also good numbers of skylark round here (they fence off some of the meadows and I guess the lack of disturbance helps). The only dragon/damselflies I saw here were common blue damsel I think.

the banded demoiselle was seen at lamesley bridge (not a lot of birdlife at the pastures).
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Hi Pete i like your pics you are right the Large Skipper is darker orange i find the easiest way to id Large skipper is to look at the wings.They have markings on the upper and undersides.Small Skippers have plain wings apart from the male which has a dark mark on the forewing.Sometimes you cannot judge the size of them when they are flying around.It's a good year for Burnets i have seen big numbers of them especially at Kibblesworth they seem to be on every flower head you look at.

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