I nipped over to Summerleys early this morning in the hope of seeing the Pectoral Sandpiper that had been around for the past couple of days.
Alas it was not to be as despite a complete search of the site the only wading birds I could find were, a Ringed Plover, a Common Sandpiper, a couple of hundred Lapwings and a heard but not seen Oystercatcher.
Lots of waterfowl, especially Coots, Mallards, Black-headed and Lesser black-backed Gulls, Common Terns, Mute Swans and Cormorants. Tufted Ducks look to have a good breeding season with at least 8 broods around the site.
There were also many young smaller birds around the place, with Great, Blue and Long-tailed Tits, Garden Warblers, Whitethroats, Tree Sparrows, Robins, Dunnocks, Green Woodpeckers and Bullfinch all seen.
Along the old railway line a Grasshopper Warbler reeled away strongly.
I was not impressed later in the day when I heard that a Purple Heron had dropped into the reserve at lunchtime for a couple of hours - a species that still eludes me in this country.