Hobbies - at least 2, possibly more, were putting on a fantastic show hunting dragonflies over the north brooks yesterday (best seen from Nettley's hide or Jupp's view). A marsh harrier was also seen hunting the brooks. Spotted flycatchers can be found nr Jupp's view and on the edge of the heath (nr the black pond). Lots of young birds are emerging from various sites around the trail - mostly blue and great tits, but there was a brood of flightless, clumsy and comical magpies nr the centre this morning. Judging by the noise coming from various nest sites, house sparrow fledglings will also be all around the visitor centre very soon. Young lapwings are present nr west mead hide and on the north brooks, and a pair of shelducks have 9 tiny ducklings in tow. A couple of male wigeon are still present. Nightingales (at least 3) were still singing well nr the visitor centre, along with garden warbler, blackcap and lesser whitethroat - I got a picture of one of the nightingales (see gallery).