Back for some patch therapy: Strumpshaw rarely fails to deliver, and today was no exception! Apart from nearly getting marooned at Tower Hide by a sudden rise in river levels, I spent a very pleasant couple of hours wandering around with Brian (Tubby), catching up with Bearded Tit, two different Bitterns, Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Buzzard, Chinese WD and all the other regulars. (The list of human regulars included Liz P, Brian S, Kevin and Adrian as well as many of the valley's well-known photographers.)
Still plenty of insects about: Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Comma, Willow Emerald (lots!), Migrant Hawker and both Ruddy and Common Darter. Of special appeal (to me, at least!) were the dozens of Hornets along the riverside. What handsome creatures they are!
Interesting Eurasian Teal in front of Tower Hide: it had a blue speculum!