Next stop Hallington Reservoir which apart from some Canada Geese and a lone Heron was very empty. Again lots of Ringlet, also one or two tatty Painted Lady and lots of Small Skipper (I think).
Small Skipper, Hallington Reservoir.
I carried on west toward Colt Crag, a Common Buzzard, the first of several today, was hassled by a Carrion Crow near Throckington Church. I drove over the narrow end of Colt Crag, a brood of Little Grebe either side of the road being fed by parents. Again a couple of Grey Heron lurked nearby and not much else.
From here I continued west via Wark and up onto the eastern edge of Wark Forest where I checked out some of the small streams and pools. At one low bridge a huge Dragon lifted up from the rocks and shot upstream. I wandered after it a little way but it had disappeared so i returned to my starting point figuring it might return. This happened a couple of times, each time it shot past I had little time to get any shots on it and it didn't seem to want to land. I walked up the other bank to photograph some Ragged Robin growing there and caught sight of it again. This time it landed on the bankside nearby and I managed to get a look, a Golden-ringed Dragonfly a female and our longest Dragonfly here in the UK. Chuffed to bits that I caught up with it I headed off back east.
Common Stonechat, juvenile, Cambois Links.