The tidal cycle today returned to higher tides and this morning's 3.5 metre high tide was hoped to produce the hundreds of missing Oystercatcher, but only 11 individuals turned up. Also in the estuary, The Bight and along Warren Point beaches, 62 Sanderling, 38 Dunlin (of which two were putative 'arctica'), 18 Ringed Plover, nine Mute Swan, five Shelduck, two each of Curlew, Little Egret and Grey Heron, and one Turnstone.
Sanderling - Lee Collins
The bushes and dunes weren't given much attention today. A noisy flock of 38 Long-tailed Tit, the largest flock here since Nov 1985, foraged up the site as far as 'windmill' (near groyne 9). The day's oddest sighting was a Nuthatch that circled The Bight and dropped into bushes behind the hide, the fifth June record for the site. A Kingfisher at the Main Pond was however equally unseasonal.
Whitethroat - Dave Jewell