Overcast day with a gentle westerly breeze, making it feel cool, with temperatures hovering around 10 degrees. Several invertebrate firsts for the year (NFY), starting off with Thistle Tortoise Beetle Cassida rubiginosa along the western path adjacent to Carp Lake, only other beetles noted where several 7 Spot Ladybirds Coccinella 7-punctata. Common Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina was another NFY along Dryham Lane, with a couple of Pied Sheidlbug Tritomegas bicolor also found. Several bees noted comprising Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum, Red-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lapidarius, Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris, Small Garden Bumblebee Bombus hortorum NFY and Tawny Mining Bee Andrena fulva, the latter being a male with its obvious white moustache. Three hoverflies around the site included Melanastoma scalare NFY, Cheilosia pagana and Eristalis pertinax NFY. Other bits and pieces of interest included a Slender Groundhopper Tetrix subulata along Dryham Lane along with a few Nursery Web Spiders Pisaura mirabilis.
Birding wise three Ruff Philomachus pugnax were showing well from the bus stop hide overlooking Cell C of Dryham Ings. The Green Woodpecker Picus viridis was regularly calling from the south of this area as I walked down the lane. Several Sand Martin Riparia riparia over Cell A of Dryham Ings were my site firsts for the year, along with a single Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius. A Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus was singing along the western path, with possibly a second along the north end of Far Lake. A couple of Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus included an adult on Main Lake, plus the second summer bird on Village Lake. Along the northern path two Little Owls Athene noctua were on the eastern edge of the barn roof, and a male Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra was singing, but couldn’t locate its position.
Full set of photos from today can be found on my Flickr site.