I was at Farlington for a couple of hours yesterday and a very fine day it was too, warm and sunny. We went north of the road to check a few things and saw a male brimstone butterfly, my first for over a month.
After checking the sluices that gave us so much trouble last month we headed back to the Building where several bearded tit were calling in the reedbed and a marsh harrier was very briefly seen before dropping down behind the reeds.
Looking down at the Stream I counted at least 32 moorhen from the Building, with slightly more to the north than the south, there must be well over fifty on the reserve as a whole. Otherwise the birds were the usual suspects, lots of brent geese, although no sign of the black brant that we could see and the best was a water pipit that flew off calling from the top of North Marsh as we walked by.
As we prepared to leave there was a particularly fine sun dog in the sky to the south-west.