Well what a fantastic visit today with two guests from Caerphilly who were interested in me showing them what was on offer at the lagoons. They were impressed with the variety of species on offer. As we walked to the first hide we watched Goldfinches, Common Whitethroat, Swallows, House Sparrow, Wren, Chiffchaff, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Moorhen, Reed Warbler, Common Buzzard, Woodpigeons, Meadow Pipits, Ravens, Skylark, Reed Bunting, Magpies, Common Swifts, a family group of Pied Wagtails, Starlings and Linnets.
High tide had brought in numerous waders to the lagoons and from the first hide we saw a female Marsh Harrier hunting along with twenty one Little Egrets (my highest count here), Grey Herons, Lapwing, 150 Common Redshanks (also my highest count here), twenty six Oystercatchers (one with a chick), Canada Geese and a flock of three hundred and sixty eight Black Headed Gulls – we scanned through the flock but there were no surprises mixed in. A Little Ringed Plover had three chicks in tow and a pair of Ringed Plovers fed a bit further away.
From the second hide the species grew in diversity with a single Bar Tailed Godwit in full breeding plumage along with thirteen Dunlin, four Black Tailed Godwits, three Wigeon, four Greenshanks, two Knot and a first-year Great Black-backed Gull. Numerous Sand Martins were aerial feeding over the lagoons with House Martins and Swallows mixed in.
At hide three we watched a Little Grebe, several Coot, a pair of Tufted Ducks, Mute Swan, Curlew and a flock of fifteen Avocets on the water. The bird of the day for me though was seeing a dark bird in amongst some distant Common Redshanks – and there it was, a Spotted Redshank in full breeding plumage. What a stunning looking bird it was too. It fed for some time before eventually moving out of sight. A male Broad Bodied Chaser dragonfly was seen on the return to the car park.