A still, warm, sunny start and I decided I could bear it no longer and hobbled down the hill to Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve. I began what turned out to be a pretty short walk around the reserve with my macro lens on the camera, and so was unable to properly photograph the first bird I saw, a Marsh Tit at the (full for once) feeders in the wildlife garden. I loitered in the wildlife garden for a while, looking for insects, and enjoying the array of flowers, both wild and, well, garden.
The sightings book wasn't terribly inspiring. I whiled away a few moments in Grebe hide, where lots of juvenile Blue and Great Tits were coming to the feeders. Blackcaps, Garden Warblers and Chiffchaffs were in good voice, but hiding out of sight in the leafy treetops.
I headed for Long Lake, still with the macro lens in place. More birdsong, including Reed Warblers, and what I am pretty sure was the peevish 'jjjrrrr' of Whitethroat/s near Willow hide. I headed for the little meadow at the far end of Long Lake, skirted around an angler's bivvy, and began to photograph damselflies.
A lone Meadow Brown took off as I walked around to the refugia in the far corner (nothing under them). The furthest viewpoint over the lake produced a single, brief sighting of a male Downy Emerald, today's only dragon.
I looked in at Willow hide on the way back, and saw that the resident swan pair had two (at least) small cygnets. The water level here is low but not low enough that any wader-tempting shoreline mud is on display. Mind you, this hot spell looks set to last a little while, so maybe there'll be some Green Sandpiper action soon.