Osprey

A mid year Osprey passed over the reserve at 12.30-12.35pm, most likely to be wandering young bird with no particular rush to get North or South. It was very successful in creating a commotion on South Lake with Oystercatchers pursuing it for a time.

Kingfisher Hide

The Barn Owl was again hunting over Top and Bottom New Piece and visiting the nest box. a Kingfisher also seen with Reed and Sedge Warbler and Reed Bunting singing.

Middle Point/Severn at low tide

Three Spoonbill, Curlew Sandpiper, 126 Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Grey Plover, 49 Sanderling, 15 Avocet, 27 Curlew, 95+ Dunlin, male Yellow Wagtail with a beak full of flies and 2 females on the Dumbles side of point, Little Egret and 2 Kestrel hunting the foreshore/seawall.

South Lake

Two Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin early morning, 2-3 Little-ringed Plover, 105 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Tern, a drake Goldeneye (perhaps our latest Spring record ever), 3 Redshank,two drake and female Teal, 25 Gadwall, 23 Avocet (4 juvs) and Great Crested and Little Grebes.

Duck Decoy

Feeding party of 120 Swift over the site, a Cormorant 'drying' on the log.

Rushy Hide

2cy Mediterranean Gull, pair of Little-ringed Plover, brood of Tufted Duck, brood of Shelduck, Redshank, 44 Gadwall, 11 Shelduck and a pair of Crane with a chick.

Top New Piece

A Cattle Egret flew off towards the road field (looks like it ended up with the Longhorn herd), 4 Oystercatcher, 3 male and 1 female Teal, 5 Lapwing, 3 Redshank, 28 Avocet, a few Sand Martins, pair of Cranes.

Bottom New Piece

Redshank and Lapwing defending young.

Estuary Tower

A Little-ringed Plover over to Tack Piece, a pair of Redshank were alarm calling appear to have chicks near the shore.

Tin Shed Ground

Two Cattle Egret in the field with the Longhorn Cattle, look E from the Van de Bovenkamp Hide