An early walk around the fields and paddocks of Migrant Alley wasn't of much interest, the gaggle of GREYLAG GEESE were still on the paddocks, numbering 27 today, with them were 2 CANADA GEESE. A dozen or so SWALLOWS zipped over the sheep pasture and a pair of SWIFTS were seen high up. A look through the Greenhouse Grounds provided me with the first newly fledged DUNNOCK of the year - No. 8 for the 'Successfully bred' patch list. The male KESTREL was also seen, busy hunting.
As it warmed up, I made my way to the scrubby Woods to look for Odonata, seeing 3 BUZZARDS and a SPARROWHAWK over the Wet Woods on the way. I got a couple of hours looking for the dragons before the sunshine went, but I found at least 6 Beautiful Demoiselles, 1 Hairy Dragonfly, plus a real rarity for my patch - a Downy Emerald Dragonfly! Excellent !
Downy Emerald. Unfortunately it didn't allow close approach, but I got this distant shot and cropped it for ID purposes ;-)
The Beautiful Demoiselles proved just as flighty at first, but one eventually stayed put for a few images.