Saturday 15th April 2017

A cool day with strong a north-westerly breeze, highlights were 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and 10 Sandwich Terns offshore, 2 Spoonbills briefly in front of the car park hide, 5 Ruff on the NWT pools, 3 Ring Ouzels in the dunes on the NWT reserve, a Wheatear, 5 Swallows, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Sedge Warblers, a superb male Stonechat on the east bank, and 3 Yellow Wagtails in with the cattle on the grazing marsh.

Five more Emperors hatched this morning and in the light traps there were 2 Muslins, 2 Red Chestnuts, an Early Thorn, a Hebrew Character, an Early Grey and 2 Powdered Quakers.