Main sighting: Migration / waders / warblers
0600-1150. Excellent mix of birds. Buzzard 2 (on the hay bales in the field on the left past second gate), pair of kestrels hunting, distant peregrine calling, 1 stock dove, 5 cormorants over. Hide 1 – 162 Canada geese and 46 greylags, 4 herons. Hide 2 – 6 black-tailed godwits, 2 ruff, 4 snipe, 61 lapwing, 31 teal, wood sandpiper showed briefly in the inlet before flying off towards the seawall, 1 lt ringed plover, 8 ringed plovers, 7 dunlin, 13 shoveler, green woodpecker calling, gt spotted woodpecker over, 1 lt stint, 1 curlew sandpiper, 2 lt egrets, cettis calling, skylark, 2 swallows. 7 wheatear in total (2 on the hay bales in the field behind the snipe platform) and 5 more feeding in the cut field past hide 3 on the left. Snipe platform – 12 wigeon (first of the season), 2 lt grebes, 13 tufteds overhead and the female with 4 well grown young now, 1 pintail, good movement of sand martins all morning with well over 250 counted in small groups, 52 more teal. Seawall – 1 gt black-backed gull, 158 shelduck, good count of 102 oystercatchers, 62 curlew on the saltings with a single whimbrel mixed in and 1 tree pipit over low calling. Hedge behind snipe platform – good movement of warblers with 2 common and 1 lesser whitethroat seen along with a female redstart, 13 willow warblers, 9 chiffchaffs, 1 fem reed bunting and 1 dunnock all together. On the first lagoon on the way back were 3 spotted redshanks feeding together, 5 bar-tailed godwits and 41 yellow wagtails feeding along the strip of cut grass leading from hide 1 and up past redshank platform. Back at hide 1 was 4 whinchats on the fence line to the right of the hide. Other: 1 small copper, 3 speckled woods, 2 meadow browns, 1 small tortoiseshell, 1 common blue and 1 green-veined white.