The improvement in the weather saw a drop in the number of migrants, with just two Wheatear and a Willow Warbler on site, a high-flying Grey Heron heading north, suggested anything smaller would have passed unnoticed. Two Reed Warbler are on territory in the Main Pond and a Whitethroat was collecting nesting material.
Elsewhere 12 Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver were offshore early morning with 10 Sandwich Tern and three Great Crested Grebe, and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose was in the estuary, although covered, there was no news from the tide.
Wildlife News: A wide variety of insects were on the wing with firsts for the year, including a male Hairy Dragonfly briefly by the Dune Pond, the first since 2021, a Holly Blue by the Station, at least six Hairy Shieldbug and a Marsham's Nomad Bee Nomada marshamella around a Chocolate Mining Bee Andrena scotica burrow.
A male Brimstone was the third record of a good year for the species with Orange-tip also showing a welcome resurgence. Other insects included good numbers of male, and the first female, Sandpit Mining Bee A. barbilabris, several Orange-tailed Mining Bee A. haemorrohea, a Spring Epistrophe E. eligans and an emergence of the spring cranefly Tipula vernalis.
A new Green-winged Orchid was discovered in flower on the Back Path, the tenth flowering plant recorded on the Warren.
Another plant discovery was Field Madder in the Buffer Zone, just the third site record and the first for 15 years.