Birds Total: 40
Plus: Large White, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood Butterflies.
Plus: 7-spot Ladybird; Hornets; Hoverflies; Konik Ponies; Rudd; Sheep; Spiders.
Plus: Common Blue, Emerald Damselflies; Brown Hawker, Common Darter, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Southern Hawker Dragonflies.
Today started off relatively quiet but it did get better as the day went on. It was forecast to be sunny early on, clouding over after lunchtime. In the event it remained quite sunny all day and the temperature rose to a peak around 3pm-ish.
|Walking up the trail to the Reserve|
|View over Great Hardmead Lake from the Watchpoint|
The sky wasn't quite all blue today as a thin layer of stratocumulus was attempting to blot out the sun. But the sun seemed to win and poked its' face through, warming me up nicely. Although I still kept my fleece on. The walk down to the James Hide was accompanied by the singing of Chiffchaff and Cetti's Warbler.
|View from the James Hide|
|It's not small, just space-efficient!|
There were only a pair of Migrant Hawkers hawking around the twin lagoons. I eventually saw plenty of these guys as well as Common Darters, but there was a noticeable absence of butterflies today. Only a few Large Whites; a single Speckled Wood and a single Red Admiral were seen.
I met a familiar face on the Dragonfly Trail and together we searched the area for any sightings of the Willow Emerald. But we weren't as lucky today as we were on the previous visit. Despite looking for nearly 2 hours all we had to show for our efforts was one female Emerald damsel, who was busy ovipositing. She looked a bit bedraggled and worn out, her days were looking very numbered.
I did a quick circuit to the river and back, not seeing very much, whilst managing to avoid all the sheep droppings. I could hear a Buzzard in the sky above me and it eventually dropped low enough to tempt me to try a few shots. I then spent another hour or so searching for the elusive Willows. A Jay squawked and flew by overhead.
I finished up back at the Watchpoint where the Red Admiral appeared, feeding on the Buddleia and then a pair of Meadow Pipits flew by overhead. The Little Egret count had risen to 3. I heard that a Golden Plover and a Stonechat had been seen today but I missed them.
A quiet-ish day but it was still great to be out in the autumn sunshine.