Saturday, 22 April 2017
Melangyna trianguliferum (top) is apparently on a roll this Spring although it was new for me today. Various 'too-small' hovers plus Rhingia campestris, Leucozona leucorum, Myathropa florea and loads of Syrphus.
The Bonaparte's Gull was on show before opening but I couldnt relocate it after moving the car; Kevin and others had it at lunchtime. On return three Little Gulls (ad and two 2cy), a dozen or so Meds, a nice male Ruff, Greenshank and two each of Redshank, Common Sandpiper and LRP. Just four Wigeon and no Goosander for the first time but summer represented by a dozen Common Terns, ten Swifts and the odd Swallow.
Over the reserve as a whole ten or more Buzzards and a Sprawk but no other raptors. Four singing Reed Warblers on south side plus two noisy Kingfishers on the silt pond.
Several Large Red and a couple of teneral Common Blue(?) Damsels. Nothing of interest in the top layer of the moth trap. Long chat with Kevin and John.