Lade - humid, hazy, light airs - 0700hrs - Plenty of grounded migrants on the shingle ridges this morning comprised chiefly Mipits, at least 100, plus a supporting cast of 50ish Reed Buntings, Linnets and two Wheatears. The willow swamp by the ponds was alive with birds and it took an hour to check through the 30 or so Chiffchaffs to make sure a Yellow-browed hadn't dropped in overnight. Also in the mix Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tits, Robins, Dunnocks, Blackbirds, Reed Buntings, a Greater pecker, two Spotted and one Pied Flycatcher.
ARC - The willow trail held decent numbers of Chiffchaffs and several Blackcaps, a couple of Cetti`s Warblers, a Water Rail and the usual tits. Speckled Wood butterflies were also enjoying the autumn sunshine. From Hanson hide 150 Golden Plovers and Lapwings, three Ruffs, two Snipe and all the expected wildfowl, while the Cattle Egret put in a brief appearance.