The plan yesterday was to check out Harrisend, but not until I had taken a look at Grisedale Brook for Golden Ringed Dragonfly. Maybe too late now, as the flight season runs out by late August, but being a good sunny warm day I thought maybe just a chance, but I drew a blank, it was too late, and I had to settle for a male Migrant Hawker, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, and a Buzzard soaring overhead.
But it was a different story for 3 hours on Harrisend, which resulted with 15 Stonechat found seen as adults and juveniles. Also of note, a Raven honking overhead with some excellent aerobatics seen, 2 Buzzard hanging on the wind over the ridge, a Kestrel hovering, and a Reed Bunting. Butterflies seen, 12 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Red Admiral, and a Small Copper, with 2 Silver Y moths seen.
So 33 Stonechat at two locations in 7 days. In the little black book, it looks a bit like the early 2000's all over again. Thanks to Howard Stockdale for the Stonechat on Abbeystead Lane 9 August.