Tuesday was a busy day on the reserve, with volunteers working on tern rafts and a contractor improving the habitat at the base of the gravel spit on Ibsley Water. Along the way I saw the common tern reported over the last couple of days. It is a rather odd bird with an all dark bill and rather grey under-parts and contrasting white cheeks, some of the characteristics of the eastern race of this species, but much better views will be needed to clear up if it really is one of these.
Other reports were quiet exciting, an osprey was seen heading north up the valley, a duck garganey was on Ibsley Water and a sedge warbler was singing near the Lapwing hide, all new for 2016.
My own sightings were rather less interesting, but I did see my first violet in flower near the Centre.
The moth trap contained common Quaker, small Quaker, twin-spot Quaker, Hebrew character, clouded drab and yellow horned.