Main sighting: Whinchat and barn owl
0550 – 0900. 45 species seen, highlights included 2 blackcaps, pheasant and green woodpecker on the way in. Hide one – male whinchat showing briefly. Redshank platform – 3 reed warblers in the near reeds, 4th bird singing close by, also 2 common whitethroats there with 2 more seen further along, 44 lapwing, 2 shelduck, 5 oystercatchers, 2 little ringed plovers, 3 herons, 5 redshanks only, 6 teal (some in eclipse plumage), linnets, 2 skylarks singing, sedge warbler in the near reeds, 1 adult cormorant and later a fly-by of 5 juveniles. Seawall – reed buntings, 17 curlew, 300+ black headed gulls, 17 swallows aerial feeding over the lagoon and a female marsh harrier sat on the ground in the saltings. Hide three – 32 dunlin, 6 ringed plovers, 1 little egret, kestrel, barn owl hunting for about 5 mins (0757hrs), 11 mute swans, 14 black-tailed godwits and a meadow pipit. Other: Large skippers, meadow browns, gatekeepers, large whites, 1 painted lady, 2 male common darters and a large female dragonfly (tbc).