Last week on a very hot day I headed over to Wheetslade to have a look for any Dragonflies , this area is actually quiet large covering I believe an old mining site , I presume the hill is what was once termed a pit heap, when I was younger there where numerous pit heaps in the area , some smouldered from fires deep inside giving off obnoxious smelling gases , probably left to there own devices they would have taken many years to have had a self seeding population of grasses and flowers there are excellent views from this hill , most of Northumberlands reserves and parks are from a direct or indirect cause of mining and most have a water feature in the form of a pond or two.I located numerous Four Spot Chasers , a few Blue tailed and Common Blue Damselflies but only in small numbers , and sites checked later that are nearer the coast and therefore cooler still have none so it's a bit of a slow start again for Dragonflies / Damselflies this year. A large number of singing Meadow Pipits in the area numerous Whitethroats but only one Lesser a calling Green Woodpecker and numerous Swifts and swallows over the pools and feeding along the hillside in the lea of the wind . Rather disappointing visit given the good weather and I think perhaps next visit I will come in from the Wideopen side,but check it out if not just for the view from the hill !!!!
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