Main sighting: Water Rail
Quiet bird wise. En-route to hides: robins, sparrows, woodpigeons, magpies, blue tits, crows, 2 chiffchaffs and a rook. Hide one – 5 greylags only. Hide two – 2 herons, 66 teal, shoveler numbers now at 99, cettis calling, blackbirds, goldfinches, 13 wigeon, male marsh harrier, 2 gadwall, 29 lapwing, mallards and 1 mute swan. Snipe platform – 2 spoonbill still present, 12 coot only, another 14 gadwall, 3 lt grebes, male stonechat and 10 swallows over. Seawall – good passage of meadow pipits (in about half an hour there were 8 groups passing consisting of 35, 46, 36, 26, 17, 15, 45 and 25 birds), sure there would have been more throughout the day. Also over another 11 swallows, oystercatchers, 11 curlew, shelduck, black headed and herring gulls. Hide three – pair of stonechats, water rail calling, 60 more teal, wrens, 9 more shoveler, starlings, raven, skylark, flock of 53 linnets. Back by hide two 3 siskins overhead calling. Back from hide one – 8 redshanks with a single black-tailed godwit mixed in and 4 snipe in the reeds. Single cormorant on the bank.