There was also a single large beetle, a female minotaur beetle, this is one of the dung beetles and it specialises in rabbit dung. At this time of year there are lots of small piles of sand with a neat round hole in the top, these are where the beetle has emerge after a subterranean early life.
I spent the morning on paperwork, only getting out in the afternoon to continue clearing laurel bushes.
The reserve was quite busy for much of the day and birds reported to me included a bittern again at the Ivy North hide, where the two smew were also seen, along with two redhead goosander. A belated report from yesterday was of a possible mealy redpoll at the Woodand hide, the verbal description I got sounded encouraging, so something to look out for.