Down in the grass , I found a fresh male Brown Argus , but already he was showing the signs of a bird strike on his wings . In another glade , apart from large numbers of Gatekeepers , I found a pair of mating Small Skippers . In all , I recorded 14 species on my visit , with Gatekeeper (59) being by far the most numerous . Throughout my visit Blackcap and Chiffchaff sang continuously .
My second stop was Keston Ponds , which although it being a weekday , had a good number of anglers around the banks . 6 species of Dragon/Damselflies were recorded , including Brown Hawker . I managed to get a shot of Red Eyed Damselfly , not easy here , as they tend to keep away from the edges , frustratingly posing on the outer Lilly leaves . I took several , then focused on what I thought was another , but then realised that it was in fact a Small Red Eyed Damselfly . Apart from the obvious size difference , the SRED has the same blue segments on the end of the abdomen as RED , but also on the underside of the segment in front . After recording this species at Keston Ponds a few years ago , as the first record in LB Bromley , I didn't record it last year , but now it's back again . This species migrated over from Europe , and one of the first places that it was found was in the lake at the Bluewater Shopping Centre , near Dartford . Only other interesting sighting was one of the large Carp , sunbathing just under the surface , in the top Pond .
With cloud and wind increasing , I made a quick stop at the Farm Lake on my way home . Very quiet all round , with any butterflies sheltering down in the vegetation , including this male Gatekeeper , who was obviously at the back of the queue when they handed out the orange colouring . I recorded a few more Black Tailed Skimmers this visit , including n egg laying female . 2 Emperor Dragonflies and another Brown Hawker were the only large species on the wing . Common Darters are still emerging in good numbers , and the early emergent males are patrolling their territories , like this one .