I was going to go to Kielder on Monday to try a see the Green Hairstreaks. But with the weather not doing what i told it to do i ended up at along the coast.
First stop was Cresswell. There may not of been a vast variety of birds but the insect life was amazing. The path to the hide had insects in abundance. Here are a few.
I believe this is called a Frog Hopper
There were a good number of small Moths flapping around.
Silver ground carpet
The next photo I'm not sure if it is a Moth, Butterfly or Fly i am awaiting id from ISPOT.
A Scorpion Fly (Panorpha species)
A Snipe Fly
Next stop onto Druridge. There was a bird singing where the Marsh Warbler had been seen. It sounded very much like a Sedge Warbler but with a few Blackbird and other birds songs thrown in for good measure. I got a brief glimpse of it. Small brown buff coloured underneath not sure if it was the Marsh Warbler still hanging around ?
Anyway, there were a large number of Blue Tailed and Azure Damsel fly.
Along with a few species of Butterfly's including this Large Skipper.
And this Orange Tip.
As i went into the South facing Hide (who ms name escapes me) this was the fantastic view.
Brilliant eh !
There were some lovely Lesser Spotted Orchids along the path.
Next stop Widdrington Tip. I followed a side road and arrived at a Methane monitoring plant that advised to keep at least 2km away in case of explosion due to naked flames. So as i lit a tab i wondered down the road. I couldn't find an entrance onto the old tip as it was all fenced off. I did see this though. First time I've seen this cool looking bug. looks like something out of a sci fi movie.
A Sawfly Symphyta
So i returned to the car and had another tab whilst reading the sign about explosions and then headed to East Chevington.
On the big lake were a good number of Sandwich Terns but not much else. Yet again there was a good turn out of insects to keep me interested.
The next set of photos are for over eighteens only so if you are younger look away now.
That time of year to get it on
And this handsom Caterpillar to admire.
A Drinker Moth
Also a Ground Beetle
I know its only a Green Bottle but look at the sheen on it, fantastic.
And to finish because im running out of time, a Bunny munching on Dock leaves at Hauxley
A Fantastic day out.