Fifteen members started out on this Indian summer day by optimistically searching the scrub area hoping to find the olivaceous warbler that had been seen in previous days but it was not to be. So we set off around the sea wall to view the Lake. On the way there were curlews, black headed and common gulls, shelducks and a few redshank and greenshank out on the mud while a kestrel hovered close by.
On the lake there were numerous redshanks, a few greenshanks, a single lapwing plus teal, and mallard. A green sandpiper was picked out amongst the other waders and a bearded reedling flew briefly across the reeds. Passerines included linnets, meadow pipits, and some rather fine wheatears. Swallows flew all around us. One or two Little egrets were looking resplendent in the sunshine.
Walking further round to the sea we were amused by the distant tail flapping antics of a few seals out on the mud. We began to see numerous ringed plovers and a sandwich tern flew by. After lunch we continued around the sea wall only to find that The Deeps had evaporated to leave behind a large puddle and a lone decoy tern on one of the tern rafts.
We soon forgot about this when an osprey was seen sitting on a distant dead tree. We watched it for a while and eventually it took to the air and caught a fish. On the fields on the other side of the wall yellow wagtails flitted about at the feet of the cattle. There were a total of fourteen great crested grebes out in the deepest part of the channel here.
Walking back towards the reed bed we stopped for a while to admire a lovely female whinchat which posed quite happily for us. At the reeds another bearded reedling was seen flying across the Reeds while a water rail and a Cetti’s warbler were heard. On the pond formed by the Stream there were numerous black-tailed godwits and a diving little grebe.
We then made a return visit to the Lake, a good decision rewarded by considerably increased numbers of waders and ducks including grey plovers, snipe, pintails and shovelers. A lovely day for birdwatching with 53 species observed.