After a week out of the area during which two Pied Flycatchers turned up in the area, including one in the garden of the Toadsnatcher, I gave my favoured patch another look. However, I could barely find any birds at all let alone rarities so again the insects took centre stage.
Migrant and Brown Hawker dragonflies were abundant but rarely rested enough for the camera.
Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)
Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)
The hoverflies were mainly using the abundant Prickly Sow-thistle (Sonchus asper).
Eristalis nemorum. Male.
Sphaerophoria sp., probably scripta. Female.
Eristalis tenax. Male.
Syrphus sp., probably ribessii. Male.
Many thanks to Steven Falk for his help with identification of the hoverflies from these photographs.