Main sighting: Kingfisher
Dawn to mid-morning. Hide 1 – 72 curlew in the roost with 2 black-tailed godwits and 5 knot mixed in. The hedgerows between hides 1 and 2 had a female blackcap, 2 willow warblers, common whitethroat (contact call) and 9 chiffchaffs. Redshank platform – redshanks, 2 ringed plovers, 93 teal, 58 wigeon and a pheasant calling. Snipe platform – 3 tufted ducks, female pintail, male kestrel, pair of little grebes and a buzzard calling. Seawall – 3 wheatears (1 more on a hay bale), only 1 yellow wagtail all morning, 11 more knot on the saltings with singles of common and gt black-backed gull. A kingfisher was flying across the reserve towards hide 2. Hide 3 – only 4 dunlin (1 lighter bird but was not the pec sand seen by B Thomas later), snipe numbers now at 26, 2 herons, 4 little egrets, 11 ruff, 23 shoveler, 9 gadwall, 35 lapwing, 9 mute swans, 1 oystercatcher, juv female marsh harrier, steady passage of 60 swallows, 1 whimbrel and 2 stock doves. Small regular groups of meadow pipits just out over the sea. Back behind the lapwing platform was a red kite circling (not the scraggy one that has been about the past 2 weeks) and a spotted flycatcher. Other: Southern hawkers, common darters, red admirals, small copper, large whites, speckled woods, comma and a rabbit.