Apologies for the rather repetitive nature of my blog lately. Work pressure has limited the potential for exciting outings, for now... but I am trying to get a few local patch visits in when possible. I had a few hours there on Saturday morning, when it was sunny (but with a chilly breeze). The first thing I saw was a male Blackcap munching elderberries in the wildlife garden, which was a nice start.
Rob showed up at about this point, and we had a long stay in the hide although not a great deal else happened. A Kingfisher raced past. Flybys included more Jays and a couple of Stock Doves. I kept thinking I could hear a distant Buzzard but scanning the skies revealed nothing.
We left soon after this and went back via Carter hide. Alongside North Lake we stopped to photograph a Great Tit that was resting low in a tree, and later on checking the photos discovered that it had a really awful-looking injury on its belly. Presumably it had escaped a predator - but the damage looked too much to be survivable.
On to Carter hide, where we had a close flyby from two Kingfishers, and saw one of the local Grey Herons having a swim, duck-style off the island. Numerous tandem pairs of Common Darters flew low over the lake, the females jabbing their rear ends into the water as they laid their eggs.