There were lots of fledglings around, especially Whitethroats and the parents were taking advantage of the thousands of damselflies and other insects which are now appearing all over the site.
I was greeted immediately by a Nightingale which was heard and then seen just off the car park which was a very pleasant way to start. I made the mistake of walking round the sunken marsh path first, the undergrowth, which is now so high and dense was soaking wet after yesterday's rain and I had to wade through it, getting absolutely soaked to the skin in the process. Waterproof trousers will be the order of the day next time. But never mind, I was rewarded with a Lesser Whitethroat, some Reed Buntings and a Gt Spotted Woodpecker among others for my trouble.
Other good sightings included a Garden Warbler singing well and showing nicely down the railway track. A Common Tern gracefully picking insects I believe, from the surface of Streamside lake where a Kingfisher called but wasn't seen. Two Hobby's over Abbey Mead showing off their aerial manoeuvres. A couple of solitary Shelducks on the river, hopefully their other halves were sitting on eggs somewhere close by. And lastly a trio of Jackdaws flying towards the river alongside Brooklands lake. Surprisingly this is a year tick for me at New Hythe, you don't see them too often on the actual site.
Butterflies and dragonflies were noticeable by their absence, a single Holly Blue and a Speckled Wood and a couple of unidentified dragonflies were seen although there were quite a few day flying moths around none of which were in posing mood.
On my post dated 3rd June I showed a picture of a small beetle, Oedemera Nobilis and mentioned that I hadn't found a common name for them. Two bloggers came to my rescue and suggested that it was called Thick-kneed or Fat-legged beetle on account of the male's shapely thighs! Well above are two of the said boys who are possibly playing 'Ring a ring of Roses' I think. So many thanks to Shy Songbird and Rob click on the link to visit their blogs.