By the lake, I watched the Reed Warblers singing. The reeds are quite low for this time of year and don't offer as much shelter so it was relatively easy to spot them, but hard to focus with the camera for any pictures.
A number of active butterflies were on the wing:
Peacock, Holy Blue, Speckled Wood, Green-veined white, Orange tip, Large White and Brimstone.
St Mark's flies (Bibio marci) were everywhere, and a group of Swifts flew quite low over the vegetation, presumably feasting on them.
I also saw a damselfly, pale brown, but it settled too high in a tree and at an odd angle for ID.
The council has installed a composting toilet at the entrance of the reserve. It would be good to see some action regarding the clumps of japanese knotweed.
Cows and Magpie
My best shot of a Swift
Mating St Mark's flies
Reed Bunting singing its 'cheese-on-toast'
Green Veined White. A female was seen laying eggs.
- Carrion Crow
- Collared Dove
- Feral Pigeon
- Greylag Goose
- House Martin
- Lesser Black-backed Gull
- Lesser Whitethroat
- Reed Bunting
- Reed Warbler
- Sedge Warbler
- Song Thrush
- Tufted duck
- Willow Warbler