After a brief appearance at Denge Marsh on Saturday the rather elusive cattle egret is now showing well in the field beyond the lake to the right of the entrance track just past Boulderwall Farm.
A good variety of waders around the site over the weekend included up to 300 golden plovers, 80 knot, three ruff, several common sandpipers and a little stint. Three black terns were seen at the ARC site on Sunday. Passerines around the site included several yellow wagtails and wheatears, a redstart and lesser whitethroat on the return trail and three spotted flycatchers - two in Christmas Dell and one at Hooker's pits.
A purple heron was seen briefly at Denge Marsh this afternoon. It's a juvenile bird, not one of our youngsters from last year, so has presumably strayed over from the continent.
Sadly there has been no sign of the white-rumped sandpiper since Sunday.
Waders at the Hanson-ARC site are getting more interesting by the day, with a Temminck's stint turning up yesterday evening. Unfortunately, it hasn't been seen yet today but a curlew sandpiper was spotted. Two wood and several common and green sandpipers were also there yesterday and the pectoral sandpiper was seen in the morning.
The great white egret is still on Denge Marsh but bittern sightings have decreased over the past few days.