After the Mayflies yesterday, it was the turn of damselflies to take centre stage, specifically some stunning Banded Demoiselles (Calopteryx splendens).
Unfortunately they kept landing in patches of thick foliage, making it hard to show just how beautiful these iridescent blue and green odonates (a name for all species of damselfly and dragonfly) are.
It wasn’t just damselflies though, a number of butterflies were out and about in the sun.
But the real surprise was to see this come soaring overhead:
Now, we’ve a lot of different birds of prey around York, and in this area alone have seen Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Buzzard, and Peregrine, the latter roaming from their home on York Minster. But this is something we’ve only seen once before here. But something we know well from a year in Leeds; a Red Kite (Milvus milvus). The long wings and forked tail give it away.
Sadly it never came close enough to get any really good pictures, but it’s an unmistakeable bird.
It’s not a great surprise to see one as they have been spreading since their reintroduction at Harewood several years back, but I sincerely hope this is the start of a colonisation of this area. It would be good for them to become a regular sighting round here.