There was not a lot to be seen , but it did give an opportunity of a size comparison between a juvenile
Grey Heron and one of the Little Egrets that could be seen around the waters edge . A few Cormorants , Mallard and Teal , Black-headed Gulls , a single Pied Wagtail and a good number of GCGrebes were all the interest that could be found on this side . Moving back to the North Lake and out of the wind a bit , I noticed that the Godwit was no longer where it was feeding , but after a scan
found it , snoozing on one leg , in the lea of the wind , only to be rudely awakened by a squalking Heron that sent the Godwit into a crazed zig-zag flight , before settling down to start feeding again .
In the meantime , one of the Green Sandpipers came as close to the road as any did whilst I was there . Just a single Kestrel and Corvids hung on the wind , no sign of a passing Osprey , which would have been nice . There was a constant stream of Martins , both Sand and House , coming in over the North Lake , feeding avidly over the water , then heading off South , but I only saw just the odd Swallow amongst them .
To get to Bough Beech , I had to cross the Greensand Ridge , and on my way home , stopped off for a quick look around . The wind was even stronger up on the Ridge , and the sunny intervals were becoming few and far between . The first few sets of refugia lifted failed to produce any reptiles
the only species found were Violet Ground Beetles/Carabus violaceus , like this one . Slowly
things started to improve , with this juvenile being the first of six Grass Snakes found . The only
Adder found , was this large female , that was found with a large Grass Snake , on the edge of a brash pile , left after we cleared the glade a few years ago . I attempted to get a shot of the pair of them , but before I got into position , the Grass Snake shot off , fortunately the Adder moved off slower .
Two Slow Worms were also found , one being this very gravid looking specimen .
Heading back towards the car , across a meadow , two things caught my eye , a very fresh looking
Small Copper of the form aberration caeruleopunctata , having blue spots above the copper band on the hindwing , and several small patches of Tormentil/Potentilla erecta , a member of the Rose
family . I also found my first Fly Agaric/Amanita muscaria of the year , but unfortunately , someone
else had already found it , and had most of it for a meal .