On arrival at Summer Leys on a gorgeous September morning we were somewhat dismayed to see heavy plant busy re-profiling some of the reserve. This obviously meant there was much less to see than we might have expected. However, a Little Egret, Grey Heron and Great White Egret all on the scrape gave us the opportunity to compare the quite different sizes of the three. At the feeding station that was good to see Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Greenfinch amongst the Blue and Great Tits. Just after that we witnessed a good inflight squabble between a Sparrowhawk and a couple of Crows and later on a Buzzard gave us really good views as it circled low around us! Amongst the many
Black-headed Gulls lurked a few Lesser Black-backeds; wildfowl was ‘a bit thin on the ground’ (!) but included Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Tufted Duck and Gadwall.
Around the reserve dragonflies seen included Migrant Hawkers, Emperors and lots of Common Darters. Butterflies included Speckled Wood, Red Admiral and Comma, then whilst having some lunch at the picnic table a Small Copper flew by.