Main sighting: Passerines
Dawn – mid morning visit: 3 herons, 1 whimbrel over the lagoons (later re-located on the foreshore), 4 cormorants, 9 curlew (12 more on the mudflats, guessing they are slowly returning from the upland breeding sites)?, 5 lt egrets, 116 redshanks, 41 dunlin, 1 reed warbler singing, 5 skylarks, 56 oystercatchers on 2nd lagoon, 231 black-tailed godwits (a number in breeding plumage), only 8 of the 11 recently seen knot (4 in breeding plumage), 36 coot, 8 gadwall, 33 lapwing, 1 sedge warbler, 1 chiffchaff (contact call only), continual small groups of swallows (70 in highest count) with 91 sand martins mixed in, 6 swifts overhead high up, pair of tufted ducks, kingfisher on the edge of the reeds from the snipe platform. Along the hedgerow leading to the seawall was a family group of common whitethroats and a juvenile female redstart. Mudflats: 2 gt b b gulls, 1 common sandpiper on the rocks, the whimbrel again, flossy the glossy far out on the mud, shelduck with 9 young a common porpoise breaching. Back around the lagoons was a pair of wigeon,a juv and an adult female yellow wagtails (pictures on my twitter site later), 1 stock dove and the male marsh through. Numerous meadow browns on the wing and 2 small heath butterflies in the brambles by the entrance of hide 1.