Lade - 0600hrs - muggy, cloudy, se2 - A decent catch in the trap last night with 26 species, although numbers were still low with White Ermine new for the year.
A wander around the pits to check out the breeding birds revealed Reed, Sedge and Cetti`s Warblers, Whitethroats and Blackcap still in song, plus Cuckoo, Shelduck, Marsh Harrier and loads of eclipse ducks and feral geese on south pit. The recent wet weather has produced a verdant flush of herbage across the shingle ridges where both mulleins were in flower.
ARC - 1600hrs - From Hanson the water levels remain unsuitably high for waders, although up to 100 Lapwings were attempting to make the most of a slither of land. Still, the ducks, feral geese and swans love it. Cuckoo, Marsh Harrier, Hobby and the usual Tree Sparrows around the car park.
At the south end more Lapwings, 2 Ringed Plovers, 100 Pochards and 10 Teal.