8th June. Sam and I took a relaxing pace in Gosforth Park Nature Reserve and it paid off when Sam got his eye on what he initially thought was a small mammal on the ground, but which turned out to be a Garden Warbler which gave us both a fleeting sighting. It certainly felt and sounded like summer in the reserve today with the song of Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff all performing well in the sun.
Oystercatchers flew and called as we approached the first hide having walked around our usual route. Both Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were seen flying above the pond. Water Rail was heard on three or fours occasions as it called very closely to the hide. Two Grey Herons were seen and the Common Tern platform was busy. Shoveller were on the water. On the walk we found numerous Speckled Wood Butterflies along with White species and Blue Tailed Damselfly. From the hide we saw at least two Four-spotted Chaser Dragonflies. These were my first odonata of the year as was the Garden Warbler. Other woodland birds seen included Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush and pairs of Great Spotted Woodpecker which appeared to be feeding young.
Speckled Wood Butterfly, one of many on the wing today.