Signs of a seasonal change at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve - weather has become horrible, lots of groups of hirundines are going over, the (still very leafy) woods are full of Chiffchaff chat and there aren't very many insects around. I went to the reserve with Shane this morning, an impulse decision, and because it was a bit rubbish we also went to Bough Beech. It was a mostly sunny morning, with light breezes, and was getting quite warm by lunchtime.
And so on to Bough Beech, which we reached more by luck than judgement thanks to my shoddy navigating and a sat nav that couldn't find its signal. We pulled up on the causeway to scan the reservoir, which was very depleted with much exposed shore. On the other side, the water here was reduced to a few pools and channels.
We walked down to the visitor centre, stopping at the gate by the orchard where the feeding station used to be and noting that it wasn't there any more. Is this just a summer thing? I hope so. Then on to the little hide. I was pleased to see that the pool that it overlooks has been effectively screened off from the paths now. However, on opening the hide windows we discovered that the pool is not (at least not at the moment) a pool at all, but an expanse of soggy-looking green vegetation across which a few Moorhens were wandering. I scanned the dead trees behind the pool-that-isn't-a-pool, ever hopeful for a Little Owl, but found only a few Goldfinches and Linnets.