22nd July. I’ve not seen the lake so quiet for a long time, but at least the sun was shining and the surrounding areas are drying up helped by the quite strong wind.
The only thing of note on the smaller lake was the flowering Amphibious Bistort with carpets of it spreading over the lake. When I first began to take a passing interest in botanical matters one of the first plants that really caught the eye was this Amphibious Bistort. For some reason the name appeals to me. I imagine that the way it spreads it could become quite a nuisance, but it makes it no less appealing to me and the birds like to use it as cover when napping on the water. I remember trying to find Little Grebes amongst it. I’ve not seen Little Grebes on the small lake for sometime now, although they have been on the large lake this year. The reflections on the water were attractive today too.
I didn’t give much attention to the larger lake but did sit by the water for a while and watched Swifts and one or two Common Terns.
I'm not cut out for this high wire act!