Main sighting: Tree Pipit / Migration
0600-12.10 Green woodpecker calling, chiffchaffs 4 (contact calls), little egret 2, female kestrel hunting, skylarks and reed buntings. Redshank platform – 18 lapwing, 3 redshanks, 18 teal, 11 shoveler, 3 grey herons, black headed gulls, 3 marsh harriers hunting separately (2 juvs and ad female), 3 stock doves and 4 more seen elsewhere. Hide two – buzzard, cettis calling. Snipe platform – 9 mute swans, 3 little grebes, female tufted with the 4 chicks now double in size, 6 gadwall and willow warbler contact call along the hedge leading to the seawall. Seawall – juvenile whinchat on the fence, meadow pipits and 1 ad and 1 juv yellow wagtails, 4 house martins, 19 sand martins, 36 swallows, 20 swifts, 2 gt black-backed gulls, 2 whimbrel, 109 shelduck, tree pipit over calling, 38 oystercatchers, 36 curlew and a large flock of 260+ linnets. Juvenile ruff on the mud flats relocated to the third lagoon. Hide three – excellent mix and volume of waders including 1 knot, 1 snipe, the first juvenile turnstone of the season with an adult also, 2 little ringed plovers, (the ruff from earlier), grey plover in immaculate plumage, 1 little stint, spotted redshank (now starting to come out of breeding plumage), 96 dunlin, 38 ringed plovers and 3 redshanks. Other: good mix of butterflies with 1 small copper, 1 comma, 3 green-veined whites, 6 common blues, numerous gatekeepers and meadow browns, 1 speckled wood, 1 painted lady, 1 small tortoiseshell, small whites and a male common darter.