Hobby and merlin reported so I decided to give it a go. Public hide enabled me to watch a few dragonflies from quite close and without disturbing them. Here's a migrant hawker - in flight! Next came the merlin: distant view as it perched for some time in a willow. [Hobby not seen]
Terrifying noise as this came low over the reserve. I wondered if it was about to crash land but it seemed to make it! Common terns were feeding over the main lake.
I walked to the newer section of the reserve. Storm ahead: by now the light was very poor. Feeling Jurassic?
By the time I arrived the greenish warbler that had performed well was proving more elusive. I was pleased to get these less than perfect images given how hard it seemed to see the bird at all. The wing bar is diagnostic.
A good year tick!
August 31st Sheila and I ended up [after a family visit in Pontefract] at Humberston Fitties to see a white-rumped sandpiper. Duly seen in my scope but too far for a photo. Probably only my second or third ever, so another excellent year tick.
Phil Stead hide for 3 pectoral sandpipers. Two in the first two photos. Breast band shows well here.