Saturday 17th June
A visit between 11.15 and 12.45 today. Weather very warm and sunny.
Surprisngly 2 Nightingale in full song by the Water Works entrance as I arrived along with family parties of Whitethraot diving for cover everywhere I looked.
The scrape held 20+ BH Gulls and a single LRP.
Walking through the East scrub area near the divers car park there are hundreds of Pyrammidal and Common Spotted Orchid including a few pale forms. Also a few spikes of Bee Orchid (20 -30) A Lesser Whitethroat rattled here and Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff were singing.
I found this Common Darter which posed well for a picture. A few Red Eyed Damsels were in the ditches and I saw the first of two Emperor patrolling up and down.
The only butterfies of note were two Painted Lady on the West Scrub (Open Area) and a sngle Red Admiral. I crossed the railway and there were more Red Eyed Damsels on Abbey Mead and a Cuckoo singing from over near the Medway.
Also a family party of Reed Bunting along the path here.
A nice hour or so out - quiet bird wise but Dragons and Damsels really building up.