Main sighting: Black-tailed Godwit
AM visit over HT with regular showers coming up the channel. 13 black-tailed godwits dropped into 1st lagoon from up high, presumably fresh arrivals, golden plover flying over 3rd lagoon then out to the pill. Around 30 avocets including two copulating pairs, a pair of ringed plover on each island with one pair copulating and nest scraping, c30 lapwings many in pairs with nest scraping and display, c30 redshank with display flights, 8 oystercatcher with 4 birds ‘piping’ at each other a great deal of fun to watch.
Duck numbers down with under 30 wigeon, c80 teal, c50 shoveler, 10 gadwall. 16 tufted duck plus a grey flanked hybrid or at least some genes of another aythya sp.
5 female goldeneye still present. C90 shelduck in roost, 3 curlew came in later on. Early on Blair saw and photographed a flock of 6 knot and 1 dunlin. Glossy ibis feeding amongst rushes of second lagoon.
Passerines included minimum of 2 singing chiffs, 6 singing redwings, a group of 20 plus fieldfares in the hedge that then headed north east quite high. 3 mipits display flighting, 8 plus skylarks many display flighting and fighting, also pair of long tailed tits in suitable nesting habitat and singing reed bunting and 2 cetti’s warblers.