Monday 4th June

A morning run around the patch today. The rain over the weekend had topped up the floods a little so they were looking nicely refreshed though the nice mud shoreline has now gone so it may prove less attractive to waders. This didn't stop 3 DUNLIN from dropping in though they were wading out in the middle rather than around the edges. On the duck front the two SHELDUCK and the drake RED-CRESTED POCHARD were still around and there was some gull interest today with a adult or near adult (I only had my bins) YELLOW-LEGGED GULL on the floods as well as the first summer LITTLE GULL still.

In Burgess Field the morning sunshine brought out the butterflies and there were several dozen small heath flying around along with a similar number of common heath moths. I also found a singing sedge warbler near the gate into Burgess Field. These warblers have been noticeable by their absence this season so it was nice to hear one today.

 The pair of common terns are around pretty much all the time at present (c) Pete Styles

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