Despite a few notable absentees, a healthy 73 species were seen around the village today, with the following of note;
Little Grebe A pair remain on Stoneybeck Lake in addition to the Castle Lake birds.
Cormorant Two on Castle Lake.
Whooper Swan The single adult is still on Stoneybeck Lake.
Shelduck Three pair together on Stoneybeck Lake this afternoon.
Shoveler Four pair and one drake on Stoneybeck Lake.
Pochard Female on Castle Lake.
Goosander Two females on Castle Lake and a drake flying over heading west.
Common Buzzard Two near Low Hardwick (picture below).
Golden Plover Four (three in full summer plumage) dropped into Castle Lake this afternoon (two in picture below).
Swallow Small but increasing numbers particularly near Alan's Pool.
Sand Martin Many back at the breeding colony in the working quarry, with at least three hundred seen at various locations today.
Yellow Wagtail Two at Castle Lake.
Wheatear Four together in the south-west corner of Castle Lake this morning and an additional bird in the stubble field east of Alan's Pool.
Blackcap At least four singing males at various locations.
Willow Warbler A major increase now easily out-numbering Chiffchaff with between 25-30 singing males, highest concentrations at the DWT Quarry (one pictured below) and around Fishburn Lake.
Also today a Fox was seen near Island Farm being 'escorted' by a few Magpie.