Lade - cool, dry and sunny, NE 5 - A circuit of the local patch with Gary produced very little in the strong wind blasting off the bay; perfect conditions for kite-surfing, not so much for birding! Our search for orchids resulted in a handful of Southern Marsh spikes in and around the ponds, but we could find no sign of any Bee Orchids along the main track. Birdwise it was quiet until a pulse of 100 plus Swifts barrelled in over south lake, while hundreds more were seen passing over Dengemarsh later on in the morning along with 50 House Martins.
A windswept Burrowes pit viewed from the shelter of the Visitor Centre produced very little apart from a pair of Ringed Plovers, a Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper on the islands, the usual nesting gulls but not a single tern. I walked Dengemarsh with Ted and jammed in on a flock of 40 Black-tailed Godwits that flew in and landed on hayfield 2 alongside the breeding Lapwings and Redshanks, Shelducks, Gadwalls and a Shoveler. Also noted during the circuit: two Hobbies, two Cuckoos, a `booming` Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Skylark, Yellow Wagtail and Corn Bunting. The warbler tribe were heard but unseen seen due to the strong wind.