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Juvenile Water Rail preening itself among the reeds on the edge of Tim's Pond. Wild Parsnip, Tansy, and Red Bartsia coming into flower.
Red-tipped Clearwing Moth (rare), photographed for the third year running, feasting on wild Marjoram on Foxglove Meadow.
Painted Lady Butterfly around School Meadow
Great Diving Beetle, Dytiscus marginalis - mating pair photographed by Nicola Devine in Dragonfly Pond, identified by Linda Losito.
Emperor dragonfly and a Four-Spotted Chaser (the latter never before recorded on the TG).
Straw Dot moth (not previously recorded on the TG) and Common Heath moth (previously recorded but making a welcome return).
Jack-Go-To-Bed-At-Noon (Tragopogon pratensis)in flower on the meadows. Not rare, but never before recorded on the TG.
A Clubtail dragonfly (rare) devouring an Azure damselfly. And a female Hairy Hawker laying eggs in Tim's Pond.
A Water Vole swimming across the canal, close to the Trap Grounds entrance. Third sighting in two weeks in the same spot.
All 6 cygnets on the Swan Pond with both parents at 6.45pm
Only 5 cygnets seen this morning with their parents in the TG. Has anyone seen No 6?
Following my previous sighting, I've just checked the water beetle species found by Jeremy Biggs, when he sampled the central ditch in 1987.
It seems that these three species have been present on the Trap Grounds for at least 30 years.
How nice that they didn't disappear under a housing development!
Three small water beetle species (Helophorus brevipalpis, Hydroporus planus, and Haliplus lineolatus) found during water-dipping at Springwatch event.
There were three H.lineolatus, two of which began mating in the capture jar, which is a good sign. These were returned to the pond to continue their colonisation. The same species was found at last year's Springwatch event.
Both swans and their signets on the canal just now!
A mallard with 12 tiny ducklings in Heron Pond. Is this a record?
A deer - bigger than a Muntjac - beside the big hawthorn on Foxglove Meadow; 6 pm yesterday.
6 cygnets with parents on the main pond. Yesterday morning she was on her nest, but 10 minutes later when I returned she had disappeared with a good result.
Main sighting this evening: a lake! ...where yesterday there were narrow channels, mud banks, a small pond: now all one single lake. The trees and rushes ringing and cawing with birdsong after the rain - moorhen, song thrush, dunnock, blackbird, reed warbler, robin, magpie, crow and more... A dunnock singing heartily with no tail, looking like a juvenile but behaving like an adult. One swan on the nest, which is now again on an island.