Lade - cool and cloudy, sw 3 - A dull start to the morning with low cloud and drizzle that forced down 50 odd Swifts and several House Martins to feed over south lake. The two Ringed Plover chicks made it into another day, while a lone drake Shelduck sat slumped on the Desert shingle. On the bay sands 10 Bar-tailed Godwits, mostly in breeding plumage, and 15 Tundra Ringed Plovers were the highlights.
Called in at ARC late morning where a 1st summer Little Gull and a drake Garganey were present, plus a flyover Bittern from Tower Pits, two Marsh Harriers, a Cuckoo and plenty of Swifts and House Martins. From the access road two Hobbies and another Cuckoo. The Serin was still present outside the entrance to Littlestone golf course singing from its usual clump of pine trees (MC).