Main sighting: Barnacle geese / sandpipers / gt white egret
Dawn to mid-morning visit. Excellent variety with 60 species noted. En-route to hides – pheasants, wrens, blue tits, robin, 2 blackcaps, 2 chiffchaffs, moorhen, 2 cettis, 1 lesser whitethroat calling and 2 singing common whitethroats. Hide one – most of the activity seen with the almost black spotted redshank, 6 teal only (no wigeon), 2 cormorants, Canada geese, 11 shelduck, 21 avocet, 8 redshanks, 5 shoveler, crows, 5 whimbrel on the island, 2 coot, 5 gadwall, 2 oystercatchers, mallards, greylags, 2 lapwing, raven, blackbirds, 1 dunlin, 4 common sandpipers feeding together, skylarks, magpies, meadow pipits, herring gulls and jackdaws. Hide two – 2 herons, reed buntings, pair linnets, 2 swallows, 2 singing reed warblers, 3 lt egrets dropped in with 1 gt white egret. Snipe platform – 2 males and 1 female lt grebes, pair tufteds, dunnock, 9 mute swans and 10 more gadwall. Seawall – pair of barnacle geese on the saltings with the other geese, 11 black-tailed godwits (one with a leg flag reading E83), rook, 3 curlew, pied wagtails, goldfinch, 5 more swallows, ls black-backed gulls, 29 more dunlin with 12 ringed plovers mixed in and 1 house martin. Nothing new from hide 3. Back at hide one – 1 willow warbler singing, 35 swallows and 11 sand martins aerial feeding, kestrel, 2 more common sandpipers making the total 6, male sparrowhawk.