A pectoral sandpiper was seen briefly from the ARC viewing screen yesterday morning - presumably the same bird that had been at the southern end of the pit from Friday to Monday. Other waders at the Hanson-ARC site included greenshank, common and green sandpipers and little ringed plover. A turtle dove on the wires near the screen was also a pleasing sight.
The great white egret remains in the Denge Marsh area and bitterns are still being seen daily.
The highlight of the day for many was provided by a lesser emperor dragonfly patrolling the return trail.
A good variety of waders were still present at the ARC site, if in small numbers. Little stint, wood sandpiper and a ruff (in a rather scruffy version of its summer plumage) were of particular note.
Two tiny common tern chicks were briefly visible on the raft nearest to Denge Marsh hide this morning.
Our first newly fledged marsh harriers of the year were seen on Saturday morning, sat in a field beyond Denge Marsh. There were several sightings of bitterns on their feeding flights but a bit of patience was required to connect with them. Two wood sandpipers and several common sandpipers and little ringed plovers were seen at the ARC site and a greenshank was seen from Firth hide.