Main sighting: Snipe
Dawn visit: En-route to hides woodpigeons, 3 chffchaffs, wrens, blackcap, pheasants, 3 whitethroats, reed warbler singing, crows, moorhen and magpies. Hide one – skylark, 3 gt white egrets (including the Ham Wall project ringed bird), 21 lt egrets, 3 herons, greylags and Canada geese. Hide two – cettis, 60 lapwing, 121 black-tailed godwits, 46 redshanks, 7 gadwall, 10 swifts, ls black-backed gulls, 7 swallows, 7 ringed plovers, 5 cormorants, 3 snipe, 3 oystercatchers, herring gulls, starlings, 5 black headed gulls and fem marsh harrier. Snipe platform – 67 mallards (most in eclipse plumage), 2 lt grebes, pair tufteds, 14 swans and 21 coot including juveniles. Single curlew only bird of note from the seawall. Hide three – 8 teal, 6 shoveler, 5 shelduck, lone female tufted and 18 sand martins passing. Back at hide two – pair of lt ringed plovers, female peregrine through, great tits and jackdaws. Plenty of early morning meadow browns on the wing.