No sign of yesterdays Curlew Sandpiper, but there were Avocet, Oystercatcher, Black-tailed Godwits and two Common Sandpipers feeding along the edges of the reservoir. Reed Warblers seemed to have bred well as there were quite a few in the reedy areas, also noted were a Blackcap family and a single Willow Warbler. A Peregrine and a Kestrel were the only raptors seen. It looked like a pair of Pochard had at least two young with them.
I only saw two Marbled Whites, but loads of Gatekeepers and Meadow Browns. Also good numbers of Darters mainly Ruddy and a few Emperor Dragonflies were impressive to watch. I finished my afternoon trying to photograph Swallows which were continually skimming low across a field along the dog-walking loop, without much success!
|Now that looks like a good way to spend the afternoon|
|Canoeing at high tide|
|Cinnabar Moth caterpillar on Ragwort|
|female Ruddy Darter on a not yet ripe blackberry|
|Marbled White only saw two and neither posed for my camera!|
|Reed Warbler there were two or three families around the reserve|
|Long HoverflySphaerophoria scripta|
|Swallow the best I could manage, I need to practice more!|
|Swallow they are tricky to photograph in flight even when flying low!|
|A tatty female Ruddy Darter|