Main sighting: Wheatears
Afternoon visit highlights: 2 chiffchaffs (contact calls), 5 wheatears today and 2 whinchats, 169 swallows passing south with 46 sand martins and 14 house martins, 9 curlew, female kestrel hunting, kingfisher flew right across the reserve, juv stock dove, 6 buzzards circling together (including the ‘bosprey’), 4 shoveler, juv male sparrowhawk, female ad seen alter, 2 herons, 4 lt egrets, 9 yellow wagtails amongst the cows and a female stonechat. Waders were very poor with only 1 dunlin seen along with 1 common snipe, 1 each of greenshank and redshank, only 2 black-tailed godwits and 18 lapwing. The black swan was present. Other: Impressive count of 18 southern hawkers (photos also), small copper, large whites, red admiral, speckled wood, common darters and keeled skimmers. At Red Farm Barn on the buddleas there were 9 painted lady’s, large whites, small tortoiseshells, red admirals and speckled woods.