Weather: SE force 2/3 slight mist
An early start to catch the morning tide enabled 12 Redwing to be heard overhead before daybreak. It turned out to be a quieter day as regards passage of finches than of late, but many other species provided good compensation. Shortly after 7 am the sound of trumpeting swans approaching the island from the south heralded a line of 12 Whooper Swans flying low directly over the obs building and off towards the north and then east.
not to be outdone 2 Canada Geese also spent some time in the lagoon area. There seemed to be more Linnets around today, with many now singing in preparation for breeding, while Blackbirds are in similar mode with males singing on both main islands. There were lots of Curlew mostly south of Little Eye making a total of 320 birds and a total of 8 Little Egret fed in the gutter.
Only 6 Purple Sandpipers could be found roosting at high tide.
Photos CJ, AS, SRW
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