I found the nest without any trouble and after a five-minute wait one of the pair showed up with nesting material, and entered the nest. I got a few photos, but I think I was slightly too close as the bird seemed a bit on edge, so I moved on.
Wildfowl numbers are quite low on the East Lake, though there remained a good few Teals, at least one pair of Gadwalls and a solitary Shoveler drake. Two pairs of Great Crested Grebes were on view, and there are still a lot of gulls around, mostly subadults.
I walked down towards Slingsby hide, going past the tree where I'd seen Long-tailed Tit nest-building activity recently. This time I spotted the nest itself, very near the path, and just as I saw it one of the pair slipped out and away, making some soft and discreet alarm calls. I carried on quickly, to let it return.
From Willow hide all was very quiet. A few Canada Geese and Coots drifted about, a female Teal suddenly pitched down in front of the windows and flew away again almost immediately, and a Cormorant dived for fish in what looked like very shallow water. No sign of the Mute Swan pair, and their regular nest site is being left high and dry by the expanding muddy shores, so maybe they will breed elsewhere this year.
I walked all the way past Long Lake, hoping to find a butterfly or two on the meadowy patch at the far end. No joy. It was strange to be out and about on such a warm day and see no butterflies at all. There are plenty out on other sites, but not here. I did see a Bee-fly though.
On the way back I called in at Carter hide, just so I could say I'd visited every hide (not that anyone is likely to ask). The Kingfisher perches were bathed in sunshine, and I did actually see a Kingfisher here but it wasn't hanging around, and certainly wasn't going to pose for me. I couldn't complain, though, it had been a lovely morning.