A visit to Ravensthorpe Res this morning played a part in my re-adjustment to local birding expectations! Great Crested Grebe, Coot and Moorhen were the first in over six weeks! A Mandarin Duck was on the small side visible from the causeway and there was evidence of the now traditional local summer build-up of ducks as they progress through the eclipse stage. Good numbers of loafing Mallard, Gadwall and Tufted Duck were interspersed with a few Pochard and Shoveler.
Not much else to report today but a Red Kite was in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton late morning, and there has clearly been a major Ringlet butterfly emergence during the last few days.