Avocets from Firth Hide
After sorting through a very full MV finding only a Shoulder Striped Wainscot of any quality, I went straight to the reserve. From Dennis's 3 of the nest boxes were occupied by Common Gull and another by an Oystercatcher. From Firth and Makepiece the 2 Avocets still also a Ringed Plover and 2 Hobby's there. A walk up to Christmas Dell found the usual species but nothing of note.
Oystercatcher taking over a nest box
At the ARC from Hanson 2 more Avocets, a Little Ringed Plover, c50 House Martins, 2 Cuckoo's and 2 more Hobby's. As I walked back to the car park and was admiring some Southern Marsh Orchids, when a Crow alerted me to the presence of a large raptor that I immediately lost sight of as it flew behind Boulderwall Farmhouse, fortunately it reappeared and came straight and low over the car park heading towards the Water Tower and lost to view behind the water works.
As the fog rolled in late morning I spent a couple of hours sky watching from home where I saw 8+ Common Buzzards, squadrons of Hobby's were hawking high over the fields and the usual Marsh Harriers were hunting the ditches.
An early evening visit to the reserve was pleasant but saw little of note.
Honey Buzzard over the ARC car park
Southern Marsh Orchids
Shoulder Striped Wainscot