This morning I had an impromptu visit to Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve with Shane and Karen, after we checked the forecast for the week ahead and decided today was our best chance of good weather. It was fairly sunny, and felt rather close and muggy. At my instigation we headed straight up to Long Lake, as yesterday Penny had texted to tell me that the Downy Emeralds were out and making a proper exhibition of themselves - thanks Penny :)
We walked all the way back to the visitor centre, and then did the other half of the reserve, stopping first at Tyler hide. No photos from here as everything was too distant, but Shane won 'wader-finder of the day' by locating a Common Sandpiper and a Little Ringed Plover. Also on view was a Great Crested Grebe on its nest and others on the water, an Egyptian Goose pair with small goslings, a smattering of Mallards, Tufties, Cormorants, Lapwings and Pied Wagtails, and a flyby Kingfisher.