Another hot summer day with a continued push of migrants the pick of which was a Yellow Wagtail which passed NE overhead early morning, the call suggested a bird of an eastern or south-eastern race. Also passing a Hobby, 13 Swift, three Swallow, two House and a Sand Martin.
Late migrants in the estuary included two Greenshank, the Little Stint and 106 Sanderling, with other wader counts including 171 Oystercatcher, 61 Ringed Plover, 17 Dunlin, 10 Turnstone, seven Bar-tailed Godwit, five Knot and four Grey Plover with four Mediterranean Gull (ad, two fs, ss) also present.
Elsewhere the first Cirl Bunting juveniles have fledged, at least three Mute Swan cygnets have hatched at the Main Pond and a pair of Shelduck swam into the beach around groyne 13 with five ducklings. Also offshore an Arctic Skua, 19 Common Scoter, four Sandwich Tern and single Eider, Great Crested Grebe and Great Northern Diver.
Wildlife News: The first Common Darter of the year was near the Dune Pond, one of seven dragonfly species again recorded. including two Black-tailed Skimmer and a Red-eyed Damselfly. Also on the wing the first Large Skipper of the year in the Back Meadow.