There were 4 species of Hoverfly on the Honeysuckle and Japanese Anemone in the garden late morning including 20+ Syrphus ribesii plus a Common Carder Bee but no butterflies even though there was a Speckled Wood on the Common Ivy flowers just around the corner.
At 12:07 a Skylark flew over SW calling and whilst I watched it, I heard a barking noise in the distance. Grabbing my binoculars I scanned the skies and found a small skein of 30 Barnacle Geese coming towards me and heading due west. There were a lot seen at the coast last weekend and I saw a skien at Sunderland on Thursday, so this is an excellent time to try and snatch a glimpse of them. I checked their course on Google maps and if they continued in a straight line they would head over Consett and the south end of Derwent Reservoir, over the north part of the Lake District hitting the west coast at Silloth, directly opposite Southerness Point on the Solway Firth. Slap in the middle of their wintering ground!