Called into Martin Mere briefly this afternoon to buy a new "thingummyjig" from Andy Bunting at In Focus (it always helps to consult the experts in such matters), and once we pondered the ecological cul-de-sac Giant Pandas have bred themselves into, I had a quick look at the reserve.
Still hot, and plenty of butterflies out, especially Small Tortoiseshell, but also Red Admiral and a nice fresh Brimstone.
Good numbers of Snipe and Ruff from the Ronnie Barker hide with LRP, Teal, Whoopers and Pink Feet (the latter dodgy summer stop-overs or new arrivals?).
Managed to miss the Wood Sandpiper and Garganey that had been about earlier, so had to settle for the Marsh Harriers, one of which was getting battered by Lapwings whenever it took to the air.
The harrier seemed to get more peace when it settled in the ditch between Vinsons and Sunleys and kept its head down.
Common Sand from the hide too, and lotsa Stock Doves.
Single Greenshank calling away over Marshside Two earlier.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...