Pulling into the car park we headed, as usual to the two feeding stations which, as always, came up trumps. Among other species I was pleased to see tree sparrow, siskin and lesser redpoll. Moving out onto the moss itself we reached the elevated viewing point where a kind birder let us look at the ospreys through his 'scope. Very clear views of two birds standing on the nest, whether large chicks or adults I am not sure.
Around in the wooded marsh area large skippers were on the wing in large numbers with the odd meadow brown, a lone brimstone and my first ringlet of the year. Azure damselflies were present in large numbers along with a few blue- tailed damsels and large reds. I was pleased to find and photograph a single black darter female and a few four spotted chasers were on the wing with one posing to perfection. I did eventually find a couple of rare white-faced darters, both male but sadly only resting on the boardwalk.
A couple of hours sped by and it was time to head off to Outgate, near Hawkshead, to visit some friends who have a cottage there. Later, returning to the van, we decided that we had left it too late to BBQ. Just as well, because when I let myself into the van it was like a sauna. Thinking we had left the oven or hot plate on I checked but they were fine. Opening the door and all windows and roof lights I noticed that the the radiators were pumping out heat and the water in the hot water tank was boiling hot. Even the central heating fluid was boiling when I checked the expansion tank. Turning off everything to do with heating and hot water we left it to cool down, although I did notice a glitch on the control panel: it claimed that the ambient temperature was -40C!! No wonder it was pumping out heat. Later, delving into the mysteries of the Alde control panel, I found a possible cause of the anomoly and corrected it. Fortunately all seems good now. Phew!!!
All images to be posted when I return home; in the meantime they reside on the camera.