Short spell of sun in a predominatly overcast morning. Temperatures in the low teens. The brief sun-light sparked a few Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta into life, mainly around Carp Lake, with several Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum also noted around the reserve. A single Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta was sunning itself along Dryham Lane.
A small number of Shieldbugs were along the lane, Spiked Shieldbug Picromerus bidens, Gorse Shieldbug Piezodorus lituratus and Common Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina present. A couple of Common Froghopper Philaenus spumarius were also noted.
Eristalis tenax, a hoverfly species was the most numerous insect noted, with singles of Sphaeroderma testaceum and 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata representing the beetles.
Now I’m not tripping over invertebrates, the birds are starting to get a look-in. A female Goldeneye Bucephala clangula on Main Lake was a nice site year tick, though light conditions weren’t great for a sharp photograph. Several skeins of Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus were moving over the reserve, with two on the decks on Reedbed Lake. Five Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus over-flew the reserve heading south. Green Woodpecker Picus viridis was present near Turret Hide, with a Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major also noted along North Hedge, then later on Dryham Lane. Along the lane were several Goldcrest Regulus regulus and a single Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula.
Full set of photos from this visit can be found on my Flickr site.