Main sighting: Wood Sandpiper
Sat 8th – 55 species from 0645 – 1100. Of note 2 chiffchaffs and 1 common whitethroat en-route to first hide. Hide one – 1 little stint in partial breeding plumage, female sparrowhawk on the mud, 4 curlew, 10 ringed plovers and 1 common sandpiper. Redshank platform – 41 lapwing and small passage of swallows (31 counted with 20 house martins also). Snipe platform – very productive with 12 little egrets, 5 grey herons, 1 green sandpiper which flew off towards Uskmouth but a 2nd one located at the top end of the lagoon where I was pleased to also pick out an adult wood sandpiper. The glossy ibis at one point was very close in offering excellent views by all, 4 yellow wagtails over, sedge warbler going into the reeds, 1 stock dove, 21 teal, buzzard, 1 turnstone, 106 dunlin, green woodpecker calling, gt spotted woodpecker overhead, 1 bar-tailed godwit with some lapwings and a fem marsh harrier made a brief appearance, Marsh platform – huddled along the edge of the reeds were 206 black-tailed godwits with 1 ruff, 16 knot, 2 greenshank (1 juv) and a good count of 181 redshanks mixed in together., soveler and 2 sand martins also. Seawall – male wheatear moving along the wall and a raft of 280 shelduck on the water. Other: numerous gatekeepers, meadow browns, 1 red admiral, common darter (male), large whites, small blue and a possible southern hawker.