Friday 26th:Â A black redstart wasÂ hanging around the car park andÂ a Dartford warbler was in the bushes near the start of the return trail. Single brambling and grey wagtail flew over calling and three chiffchaffs were in the bushes around the trail.
Thursday 25th:Â Most of the action was concentrated around ARC where little stint, knot and bar-tailed godwit all dropped in to feed. Two Caspian gulls wereÂ on the islandsÂ in front of the viewing screenÂ and a woodcock was flushed from the pines near the railway line at the far end of the track. A continental coal tit, also in the pines, was a good bird for the reserve. The male merlin was over Burrowes pit and the bittern was seen briefly in flight dropping into the reeds at the back of Hooker’s Pits.