The plan for this weekend was to spend a few days in Scotland, arriving Friday morning and returning Tuesday. Based on recent years we were hoping to photograph Chequered Skippers and do the usual birding circuit. The first Skipper was reported on the 21st-well over a week later than last year, with 3 inches of snow the next day! Add the generally poor weather and we decided it would be a very costly trip with little to show so we called it off. The next day the Harlequin Duck was reported again at Balranald......
Still got the week off so will be doing a bit of travelling anyway, but this morning with it being rather cold and dull I decided to go down to Amwell and join the regular masochists. Turned out all right for once.
Two Common Sandpipers and a Dunlin were still present from yesterday as were the two pairs of Little Ringed Plovers and Redshanks. Swifts were abundant and there were also small numbers of swallows and House Martins.
Bill and Phil located Drinker Moth caterpillars and I managed to find a teneral Common Blue Damselfly-my first this year and two weeks later than my very late first sighting last year. A few Orange Tips were flying as was a single Small White.