Main sighting: Short-eared Owl
0600 – 1215. Pheasant, chiffchaff 3, lesser whitethroat calling briefly, green woodpecker calling, cettis, common whitethroat and pied wagtail family group. Hide one – single curlew, 8 lapwing, 3 oystercatchers and 1 grey heron. Redshank platform – roost count of 105 adults and 5 juvs. Hide two – 9 gadwall flying past, 37 sand martins with several other similar sized groups throughout the morning aerial feeding, skylarks, 1 common sandpiper, 1 little ringed plover, fem marsh harrier quartering, linnets and a strange looking ringed plover type wader (pics submitted for checking). Seawall – 7 ravens, 5 house amrtins and 3 swallows mixed in with sand martins, 1 little egret, 29 roosting curlew, 17 oystercatchers, 98 shelduck and 2 great black-backed gulls following a boat. Hide three – great views of a short-eared owl that passed the hide and landed along several posts on the fence line followed by quartering along the grass bank between the far left corner and down towards hide 1. Also from here, male marsh harrier, 13 dunlin, 12 ringed plovers, 2 knot in partial breeding plumage, 12 teal, 4 mute swans, kestrel and 75 more redshanks. Other: pyramidal orchid still flowering well, lots of meadow browns with ringlet, red admiral and a painted lady also on the wing and a pair of emperor dragonflies mating by the sea wall embankment.