We cleared the willows which had been obscuring views from the layby opposite Martins Island – photo taken from the layby.
Also photo of a Dock Leaf Shield Bug – Coreus marginatus. Photos by Bob Johnson.
West End:- 1 drake Wigeon in eclipse plumage, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Marsh Tit.

Coreus Marginatus Dock Leaf Shield Bug

View from layby

Dam End:- 1 drake Wigeon, 1 Teal, 4 Coot, 3 Common Sandpipers, 6 Swallows, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 35 Rooks, 3 Mute Swans, 2 Moorhen, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Grey Wagtails, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Egyptian Geese, 2 Jays, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 27 Mallard.
Whillet’s:- 5 Common Snipe flew high west at 09:50, 1 male Kestrel, 1 Siskin, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcap, 2 Bullfinch.

Dam End:- 17 Meadow Pipits flew south as did 12 Swallows.
3 Common Sandpiper on dam. A Collared Dove flew over dam. 4 adult Mute Swans.
Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler and several Chiffchaffs behind dam.
Whillet’s:- juvenile Stonechat, Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaffs, 2 Jays, 3 Buzzards, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Bullfinch, 6 Long-tailed Tits, 5 Willow Emerald Damselfly,1 Emerald Damselfly,1 grass snake.

2 Ravens over, still 3 Common Sands, Redshank and Little Egret. In the surroundings good Phylloscopus numbers plus Spotted Flycatcher. Osprey at the West End at 8:40hrs.

An extensive search paid dividends today with Osprey over the West End. A Little Egret and 3 Common Sandpipers at the dam. A Whinchat and a Redstart in the horse paddock.

WeBS
All Reservoir:-  24 Great Crested Grebe, 24 Cormorant, 15 Grey Heron, 3 Mandarin, 14 Mallard, 7 Moorhen, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Jay.
Dam End:- 3 Mute Swan, 118 Canada Geese, 7 Egyptian Geese, 2 white farmyard geese, 1 domestic hybrid Mallard, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Greenshank flyover, 3 Common Sandpiper, 214 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Herring Gull flyover, Green Woodpecker heard, 4 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail flyover, 3 Grey Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Coal Tit, 9 Magpie flock flyover, 30 Starling flyover, 65+ Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch. 1 Roe Deer.
West End:-  156 Greylag, 7 white feral/Greylag hybrids,  10 Lapwing flyover, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper.
Whillet’s:- 1 Goshawk, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 juv Stonechat, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Bunting.
Damselflies ~ 1 Azure, 12 joined pairs and 6 singles of Willow Emerald Damselflies (See pic – egg laying).  Dragonflies ~ 1 Migrant Hawker (See pic), 2 Southern Hawker, 2 Brown Hawker, 1 Ruddy Darter, 5+ joined pairs of Common Darter.
Butterflies ~ 1 Red Admiral, 3 Meadow Brown, 4 Speckled Wood, 3 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Common Blue, 1 Brown Argus, 2 Small Copper, 1 Small Heath.
Also 4 Silver Y moths.   3 Grass Snakes and 4 Fallow Deer.

Emerald Willow Damselflies laying eggs into willow bark

Migrant Hawker

West End:- 1 Coot, 3 adult Mute Swans, 1 Mandarin.
Dam End:- 2 Teal, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 40 House Martins.
Ringing in Whillet’s started briskly with a number of Blackcaps; but slowed as the morning progressed. Other species of note Chiffchaff and a juvenile Kingfisher.
It was good to see all the spiders’ webs in the meadow with the morning dew highlighting their intricate patterns.