Lots of Ringlets, Meadow Browns and Skippers were also on the wing as well as a number of Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonflies.
After watching the tern rafts for a while from the Bird Club Hide a Green Sandpiper flew in and landed on the exposed mud to the left of the hide. It fed for a while on the mud before an opportunistic young Fox thought it would make a tasty lunch, incorrectly as it turned out.
On Saturday afternoon I walked around the reserve side of the reservoir with my partner Sarah, her first view of the whole reserve. Again Marbled White's were in evidence, at least 3 between the causeway and the Bird Club Hide and a further sighting beside Christie's Copse. My first Gatekeeper of the season was feeding in brambles near the feed station.
Three Red-crested Pochard drakes were spotted sitting quietly on the bund from the Scaldwell Hide, two well into eclipse.
Finally a single adult male Beautiful Demoiselle was on foliage besides the bridge over the Scaldwell Bay stream. This is the first time I have ever seen this species at Pitsford.