Highlight of today (4th) was a pristine juvenile Marsh Harrier that was over the reserve pond for about twenty minutes before it headed off south-east at 0850, always nice to see. Also today Canada Geese increased to 108, four Teal, juvenile Little Egret, two juvenile Water Rails, Green Sandpiper heard, Common Sandpiper, five Snipe, 14 Sand Martins including a flock of ten that flew south, 16 Mistle Thrushes and Lesser Whitethroat. On 3rd there was a count of seven Teal, juvenile Little Egret, juvenile Water Rail, Common Sandpiper, Lesser Whitethroat and a late singing Garden Warbler. Best of all though was the discovery of four Common Hawkers on the top pond on the Peter Fidler Reserve. Representing just the third record for the recording area and the first multiple sighting they were very well received. That pond is undoubtedly the best in the area for dragonflies (no big fish in it!) and it also held an Emperor, several Brown Hawkers, a possible Migrant Hawker (didn't hang around long enough to be identified), four Ruddy Darters along with several Common Darters, late Azure and Large Red-eyed Damselflies and several Emerald Damselflies whilst there was a Southern Hawker on the path up to the pond. At least one Common hawker was still present on 4th.
Carr Vale sighting reported by Mark Beevers
Best of all though was the discovery of four Common Hawkers on the top pond.