Like a kid in a sweet shop – plus a word of caution

Fresh westerly breezes, mainly sunny.

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Grasshopper warbler 1 unringed male was part of yesterday's ringing capture.
Cetti's warbler 1 male singing from "no swimming" pond this morning
Dragonflies around main pond comprised:
Emperor
Broad-bodied Chaser
Four-spotted Chaser
Black-tailed Skimmer.
A nice selection of shots from Janet:
Broad-bodied Chaser

A worn and faded Green-veined White

Small Heath - also worn

Silver Y moth - at least this looks fresh

Male Reed Bunting, also looking fresh....
well, at least he looks like he's just had a bath.

Ocean Edge - high water 09:40 (MD)
Lapwing, the flock of returned birds has now swollen to three
Lapwings with an Oystercatcher 

Black-headed gull c110 resting on the last patch of uncovered mud c300m past the saltmarsh. But this juvenile was having none of it.
Juvenile Black-headed gull

This is where "like a kid in a sweet shop" comes in (do we still have sweet shops?). We are moving to spring tides, it will have been over a week since the tide last reached the rocky outcrop just south of the saltmarsh, and it was flushing out Sea Slaters. Sea Slaters are like wood lice on steroids, not just bigger but much faster. But not fast enough to escape this young gull, it catches three in this clip, the last one actually runs through the gulls legs before meeting its fate!