Main sighting: Wheatear / Bittern
Driving in at 0600 a bittern was at the side of the road in the grass by Red Barn Pool but flew off as I slowed down. Goldcliff – 0610 – 11.30 Hide One – Pheasant, 72 curlew (1 ringed bird but could not get the sequence/colours), 8 teal, 3 whimbrel, 41 ringed plovers, 3 little egrets, 2 yellow wagtails (juveniles), buzzard and female marsh harrier. Hide Two – 65 lapwing, 7 black-tailed godwits, 3 ruff, greenshank, 3 more yellow wagtails, kestrel, 2 snipe, 12 swallows and small groups of sand martins passing (at least 48 counted), 2 herons, skylark and a sedge warbler feeding at the base of the reeds opposite. Seawall – wheatear feeding along the seawall and perched up on the fence, oystercatchers and shelduck. Hide Three – single knot and the spotted redshank flew off towards the Pill, 17 mute swans, 3 little grebes, female sparrowhawk, 20 gadwall and 7 shoveler. Back near hide 1 along the hedgerow leading to the entrance was a male redstart, 1 common whitethroat joined by 1 lesser whitethroat. Other: single meadow brown in between the very heavy showers.