A cracking morning's birding with 39 species seen. En-route to hide 1 was a Little Egret and 2 Cormorants flying over, with Chaffinch, Magpies, Woodpigeons, Wren, Greenfinch and a pair of Moorhens also seen. From the first hide the birds were in good numbers, and included 66+ Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plovers, Lapwing, Shelduck, 55+ Avocets (some on nests), Common Redshanks, Canada Geese, 2 Oystercatchers, Shoveler, Teal, a Spotted Redshank showing very well as it fed close to the hide and the highlight of the day - a pair of Black-winged Stilts. Fantastic. A Common Buzzard took a chick (possibly Lapwing or Moorhen) and devoured it from a perch.
Grey Herons, Tufted Ducks, Mallards and 2 more Little Egrets were also seen from here, and a distant flock of Swallows had around 15 Common Swifts mixed in - my first swifts of the year. Large groups of Shelduck were seen on the mudflats from the sea wall along with numerous Herring Gulls, 1 Great Black-backed Gull and several Curlew.
From the third hide was a single Black-tailed Godwit, Skylarks, Raven, Gadwall, Common Pochards and a distant Kestrel hunting. A Sedge Warbler was heard calling on the way back to the car. A female Peregrine was circling with a Buzzard.
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