17:15 > 18:15
Sun, strong gusty westerly, 9c
A very early Sand Martin (beating last years first by eight days) was not only the highlight of the day but also hopefully a sign of better things to come. The single bird headed into the reserve from almost due south (suprise, suprise) at 17:30ish then over to the north side of the main area of the site where it was still quartering over the water at dusk.
Elsewhere the pair of Oystercatcher remain as do three Green Sandpiper but just a single lonesome Lapwing today. Eleven Goosander, one drake, continue to frequesnt the site as does the small Wigeon flock. In with the small pocket of Mallard a single drake Pochard was made to fell unwelcome however much he tried to join the party.
Noticable too was the number of Pied Wagtails, around 25 to 30 out on the new islands at any one time, a supect White Head was amongst them but the fading light wasn't good enough to make a positive ID.
Over at dusk was a Little Egret no doubt heading for the Linford roost and a flushed Little Owl along the Ridge on my way home closed the day.