Clockwise from top left: Grass Snake
male Ruddy Darter
Bonaparte`s Gull /Mike Roser
1400—1630 A near SW gale of Mistral warmth took me westward. In an hour`s watching two Grass Snakes at Dan`s Dock I failed to see them catch a frog, although there was a great deal of underwater activity. Surface scanning Marsh Frogs seemed transfixed at the stealth of the snakes which appeared frequently on the surface, well camouflaged in water weed and debris. Handsome looking beasts! The wind did not deter a range of dragonfly sps , together with numerous Gatekeepers and Common Blues.
A brief look eastward found the Bonaparte`s Gull on the foreshore mud, before it finally flew to the E flood at 1600 where it was preening close to the roadway. Head moult appears to have started at the bill`s base and towards the eye arcs. One of the Ruff looks particularly smart in` Joseph ` dress code, plus there were 4 Little Stints as additions to the wader cast.Turtle Dove(s) continue to sing from the rear of the W flood. Good to see Frank C on site—he could have persuaded a BWS to follow him from North Kent !