The 10th May dawned clear and bright and we were very lucky to have another fine day, as we had been for most of our coach trips last year. We arrived at about 11 am to the sound of pied flycatcher singing in the trees above us, and as we set off through the woods birds were singing and calling all around. We had stupendous views of wood warbler shivering its little tail and body as it gave its little rattling song. Pied flycatchers were everywhere and a couple of redstarts were found, one seen very well. There were blackcaps, garden warblers, willow warblers and chiffchaffs seen also.

On the walk from the woods to the estuary, a common sandpiper and northern wheatear were very obliging, whilst a little egret was the only notable bird on the estuary with numerous shelduck and heron. Others saw a sparrowhawk on the wall which I missed but I managed to see the stonechat pair on the walk back. The spotted flycatcher which we were told was there proved elusive, as did the lesser spotted woodpecker. The other birds of note in the day were three buzzards, a red kite, a cuckoo heard, sedge and reed warbler, and common tern as well as the usual tits, finches, thrushes reed bunting etc. In all, 74 species were seen and cuckoo heard, and a very pleasant day was enjoyed by all.

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