The first Common Sandpiper of the year flew along the beach this morning with 17 Sandwich and two Common Tern offshore with six Mediterranean Gull heading east. A distant flock of 14 'commic' Tern were probably Arctic.
Counts from the estuary included 53 Bar-tailed Godwit, 20 Dunlin, 17 Knot, 15 Whimbrel, 14 Grey Plover and a Greenshank. One of the Whimbrel was colour-ringed D63, this is the fifth time in six years this bird has been recorded at the Warren on spring migration. Two Egyptian Geese landed briefly on Finger Point during the evening tide.
Elsewhere the first Hobby of the year flew through with 40 Swallow and 40 House Martin, two Willow Warbler were new migrants and five Whitethroat and three Reed Warbler were on territory.