A visit to this excellent reserve again today for a few hours while Trace was at work resulted in some pretty good sightings over the four hrs i was on site.
Birdwise,the highlights included a brief Wood Sandpiper as it flew from the islands at the bottom of the main lake onto the sheep fields and maybe the same bird as was seen last weekend by Craig and Keith.New birds in included at least 4 Garden Warbler's,which gave great views and 51 Swift,both new birds for the year for me.The Swift's where watched feeding over the main lake with a mixed flock of House and Sand Martins,making for a great spectacle.The Marsh Harrier's are still in evidence and there was an increase in numbers of Reed Warbler to at least 11 birds and 4 Common Tern.
Insects are starting to build up in great numbers now with me recording several firsts for the year,with my first Harlequin Ladybird and Four-spot Chaser and i managed to find a new species of Micro moth for my list with me seeing a single Eriocrania subpurpurella(see below image),a lovely metallic gold moth which mines the leaves of Oak's.Other insects included a single male Large-red Damselfly,10 Green-veined White,male Orange Tip and a single Speckled Wood.
Mammal sightings today comprised of another encounter with one of the Otter's which showed brilliantly again on Grebe lake and a single Stoat.
A great few hours out today despite the shower's and colder temperature.