Main sighting: Red Kite
Dawn – mid-day: Cettis calling by redshank platform. Hide 2 – little egrets 4, teal 48, ringed plover 1, heron 3, black-tailed godwits 6, skylarks, linnets, pair of greenshank, 8 snipe, 76 lapwing, 9 ruff feeding together at one point, sedge warbler along the reeds ahead with 2 yellow wagtails close by, 41 dunlin, pair of kestrels, white wagtail (male), 2 wheatear, single whinchat (juv female) and 5 knot – all the waders took flight when a juv female marsh harrier came across low but resettled eventually. 7 stock doves in flight together (and 1 feeding near to hide 1) and steady stream of swallows passing trough in small groups. Common whitethroat and 8 chiffchaffs in the hedge row behind the hide. Snipe platform – pair of tufted ducks, 15 shoveler, 31 wigeon, 8 gadwall and a pair of lt grebes. Seawall – high tide but an excellent count of 373 sheldcuk on the water and the saltings with 106 curlew and a gt black-backed gull. Hide 3 – single bar-tailed godwit and whimbrel, 56 oystercatchers, 3 sand martins and another 5 wheatears. A red kite was circling near the entrance on the way out. Other: southern hawkers, 2 male common darters, 1 meadow brown, 1 speckled wood and several small whites.