Sea defence works along on the dune ridge continue to restrict access to the hide and Warren Point. The golf course is not a public right of way. Please follow signs and access guidance from staff.
The juv White-winged Black Tern performed well in front of the hide and main channel throughout the late-morning and lunchtime when it even did a spell of anting over the estuary.
White-winged Black Tern (Lee Collins)
Despite occasional disruptions from kayakers, paddle-boarders and para-gliders enjoying the beautiful weather, counts managed during the late-morning high tide were 1028 Oystercatcher, 439 Curlew, 221 Dunlin, 124 Ringed Plover, 22 Cormorant and Bar-tailed Godwit, 17 each Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Black-tailed Godwit and Sanderling, 10 Little Egret, eight Whimbrel, four Grey Heron, three Turnstone and Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper and a summer-plumaged Knot. A Common Snipe flew over.
Again about a third of the 140 Sandwich Tern present were juveniles. The Irish-ringed Little Tern and c.30 Common Tern were also in front of the hide. All age-classes were represented in the 11 Mediterranean Gull roosting in the saltmarsh.
Over 60 Swallow, two Swift and a Sand Martin zoomed around to prey on flying ants. Only standard fare in the bushes this morning, 14 Chiffchaff, 11+ Reed Warbler, eight Blackcap, seven Bullfinch, six Whitethroat, three Willow Warbler and three Wheatear. The Stonechat family of six remained along the ridge and a scattering of Cirl Bunting were as usual.