A cold north-westerly breeze blowing, with bright conditions, temperatures only reaching high single figures. A few insects found along Dryham Lane in sheltered stretches, though no single group dominating the proceedings. A Painted Lady Vanessa cardui in good condition was the highlight, nectaring on the bramble flowers along the lane south of Carp lake. Several Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum noted along the lane, though no Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta showed on this visit. A couple of beetles noted included singles of Sphaeroderma testaceum and 7-spot Ladubird Coccinella septempunctata. A couple of bugs included Spiked Shieldbug Picromerus bidens near the car park, and Tree Damsel Bug Himacerus apterus near South Hide. Flies included a Platycheirus albimanus hoverfly, along with several Eristalis tenax, and a couple of Yellow Dung Fly Scathophaga stercoraria. Finally a German Wasp Vespula germanica rounded off the insect tally.
Some good birds included a few thousand Pink-footed Geese Anser brachyrhynchus moving north to the west of the reserve, with a few skeins directly over the site. Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella was a site year tick, found along the north hedge behind the new workings, where several Redwing Turdus iliacus were also noted, along with a Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea. A Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra was back on the small trees in the middle of North Field. The drake Mandarin Aix galericulata was present on Carp Lake, with the female Goldeneye Bucephala clangula also still present on Main Lake. At Island Lake a Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus moved south through the site and a Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus also did a circuit around Turret Hide before heading south.
Full set of photos from this visit can be found on my Flickr site.