Decided to pay an afternoon visit to this site in the hope that the higher temperatures would lead to more invertebrate activity. I wasn’t disappointed and it was nice to finally photograph a couple of our commoner butterflies, Peacock Inachis io and Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae, that have spent their winter months in hibernation. Considering that these individuals will be around 5 months old, they seemed to be in fairly good condition. Both we nectering on Sallows.
Work was underway on the Main Lake to create a series of islands for ground nesting birds, these will be surrounded by an anti-predator ditch to hopeful increase the successful fledging for more species. On Dryham Ings two Grey Wagtails Motacilla cinerea were feeding just below the hide. Two Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula were also noted here, along with a pair of Avocets Recurvirostra avosetta, the latter being the only ones I found on site. There was no sign of the Smew Mergellus albellus on Carp Lake, though the pair of Great Crested Grebes Podiceps cristatus were still present, one catching a fish that appeared to large for it so swallow, though it did eventually manage it. A Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita was singing along the western path, not an easy species to photograph as they are constantly on the move, so the photo below is a token gesture to this species. All in all, an enjoyable walk around this great location on spring like day, even though it is still officially winter!