I arrived at around 8:15am to a cold morning, eventually warming to around 9 degrees by mid-day in the sunny conditions. Insects will start to dominate as spring progresses, but for now only a few 7-spot Ladybirds Coccinella 7-punctata and s single queen Common Wasp Vespula vulgaris were found. I’m sure there would have been more if it wasn’t for a chilly westerly breeze blowing.
Birding wise, a 1w Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus posed well on the tern posts on Island Lake. Several Brambling Fringilla montifringilla were encountered all the way down the eastern path, along with a single at the Maize Field feeders, so don’t know how many were present in total, but at least 7 observed. Also along the path was a singing Goldcrest Regulus regulus, which took a bit of time to pin down and see. Good numbers of Red Kites Milvus milvus noted over the surrounding farmland, with individuals over to the west of the reserve, and at least three together over the eastern ridge, so always worth scanning the wider area. Whilst watching over the east ridge a Peregrine Falco peregrinus also appeared, slowly using the thermals to drift south. The two Ruff Philomachus pugnax were still present on Village Lake with a handful of Redshank Tringa totanus, though the majority of the latter species were roosting at the back of Main Lake, with at least 30 present. Two Little Egrets Egretta garzetta on site, one on Dryham Ings Cell B and another on Island Lake. Finally a single Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita was along the western path, along with several Siskins Carduelis spinus.
Full set of photos from the day can be seen on my Flickr site.