Azure damselflies resting on bullrush leaves

Azure damselflies resting on bulrush leaves

Resting on bullrush leaves on the pond at Compton Park, two azure damselflies. When the pond was created (2013) there were hundreds of blue damselflies (azure, common blue and blue tailed).

There has been no maintenance since, so the pond is being taken over by the vegetation. There is now only a tiny area of open water. The day these pictures were taken, there were only these two azure

Swans lying down for a snack

Swans lying down for a snack

The swan family from the small pool at Perton – pen, cob, and all six cygnets thriving. Lying down stretched out out on the grass between the pool and the footpath, extending their necks to nibble at the short grass.

Pen and four of the cygnets together. Cob a little further away. One errant cygnet on a different patch of grass, and the final errant one on a footpath, unable to decide whether to stand or lie down.

Meadow browns galore

Meadow browns galore

There seem to have been a lot of meadow browns about this year. While i’ve seen a few ringlets and gatekeepers, I’ve not managed to get any pictures of them. In contrast, these shots have come from all over the place.

Heron, high on willow, West Park

Heron, high on willow

I’ve not been getting to West Park very often recently. If any herons have been visiting, it must have been on a different schedule – it’s a long time since I last saw any. Then this one put in a brief appearance, standing tall on the fallen but still growing willow.

Cinnabar moth caterpillars, Himley Park

Cinnabar moth caterpillars, Himley Park

There have been very few cinnabar moth caterpillars this year. Until a recent visit to Himley Park, I had seen precisely one.

Cinnabar moth caterpillars, Himley Park

On a group of ragworts near the bottom pool, finally, several on each plant, busyly eating leaves and flowers.