I have a feeling I may have used this title before. But it is very fitting for this morning's report, given the heat down at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, and that I spent most of the time chasing insects with the Bigmac lens.
I walked up towards Willow hide, heading for the damsel mecca that is Long Lake. The vegetation is in full turbo growth mode, making birds difficult to see. I took a look at East Lake in passing, noting a few gulls asleep on one island, and a scattering of the usual summer birds - Lapwings, Cormorants, Tufties.
UK Moths and the best I can come up with is Silver-ground Carpet, but please correct me if I'm wrong.
Sevenoaks is a very safe Tory seat.
Just after this, I heard some squawking from a lakeside tree, and through bins could see half of a perched Sparrowhawk. I switched lenses and tried to relocate the bird but couldn't. I decided to keep the birding lens on and go back towards Long Lake where I'd heard a few Reed Warblers singing. I paused by the shore of North Lake for a little while, and saw a Kingfisher bolt past, and two Downy Emeralds that were similarly uncooperative.