We approached the duckpond cautiously, and were rewarded with the site of three week-old ducklings being guarded by both parents! In the reed bed there were damselflies including a magnificent banded demoiselle. Near the river were many dock plants, along with their greeny-golden dock beetles and tiny eggs. Of course, there were nettles there too but no butterfly eggs were seen on them.
Photo: Nettles & Garlic Mustard