Main sighting: Wader mix and bittern update
|Morning visit, 59 species. En-route to hides: 104 starlings on wire with a juv yellow wagtail mixed in, woodpigeons, goldfinches, blue tits, crows, blackbirds, moorhen, cettis, chaffinch, wren, magpie, 5 house martins and green woodpecker. Hide two – 1 greenshank, 15 swallows, 17 redshanks, 8 ruff, 6 black-tailed godwits, 68 teal, mallards, 3 herons, black-headed gulls, 1 green sandpiper, herring gulls, 7 gadwall, 9 lt egrets, pied wagtails, 2 more juv yellow wagtails, magpie, 2 curlew, 1 chiffchaff, raven, Canada geese, 9 sand martins, meadow pipit, 1 buzzard, willow warbler, 18 knot (one in sumer plumage), 1 spotted redshank, 1 little stint, 1 curlew sandpiper, 48 ringed plovers, 76 lapwing, ls black-backed gulls, 3 dunlin, 2 turnstone, greylags and linnets. Snipe platform – pair of pintail, 15 swans, family group lt grebes (no sign of tufted family), 10 more teal and 5 more gadwall and fem marsh harrier. Seawall – 60 oystercatchers (good number), gt black-backed gull and 105 shelduck. Hide 3 – 25 more teal, stonechat pair and 5 snipe which flew over to lagoon 2. Extra: From hide 2, left corner, bittern is showing now and again but staying well-tucked in.