A Common Tern was again on the Wear this afternoon, by the roadbridge.
A short walk in the sunshine this afternoon produced quite a few butterflies, with Small Skipper,
|Small Skipper, the commonest butterfly today|
Ringlet and Meadow Brown being the commonest, but also single this year brood Small Tortoiseshell and Comma as well as good numbers of Shaded Broad-bars. Dozens of Large Red-tailed Bumblebees were around too.
|One of many Large Red-tailed Bumblebee on the wing today.|
Single Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcaps were heard and my first Willow Tit for a while
I added another 5 (well 4 actually, I had forgotten to count the Sandwort) to the flora list. These were Autumn Hawkbit, Three-nerved Sandwort, Wild Parsnip, Lesser Stitchwort and Hairy Tare. I had also found some more Common Corn-salad, in the carpark opposite Wilkinsons in the town centre earlier.
|Lesser Stitchwort - new for the year|
|Wild Carrot - spreading in the Chester-le-Street area|
|Wild Parsnip - another root vegetable|
The flowering plant list for the year here moves on to 280