striking one , Araneus diadematus-Garden Spider , with it's diagnostic white cross on the abdomen .
My next stop was at the farm lake , where all was not peace and serenity . Reason being that the adult Coots , imparticular the male , had decided that it was 'time the kids wern't here' , and spent the whole time of my visit , and a large amount of energy , trying to drive the seven youngsters away from his lake . They in turn , used the lily pads to hide in , only to emerge into open water every time he retreated . Once again he would spot them and come charging across the lake like a destroyer in a surface ramming excercise . It will be interesting to see on my next visit if he has driven them off , or has run out of steam . Elsewhere on the lake , the Moorhens remain at 4 , the single juvenile Little Grebe is holding it's own , and 3 Mallard have taken up residence . Dragon/damselflies are still dwindling with Common Darters most numerous and still mating and ovipositing , as is a single female Emperor . One Brown and one Migrant Hawker and about 25+ Common Blue Damselfly were also seen . Butterflies are down to 3 Meadow Brown , 4 Brown Argus ,11 Common Blue and 3 Speckled woods . Birdwise , very quiet apart from the Goldfinches feeding on the seedheads and this Magpie looking for mischief .