Two fine days in a row and there's been plenty to see right across the reserve.  Whitethroats, sedge and reed warblers can be fouind in most areas of suitable habitat and the occasional lesser whitethroat can also be seen, or more often heard.  There seems to have been plenty of birds on the move over the past few days with whimbrels, swallows, house and sand martins, wheatears and yellow wagtails (including several blue-headed and channel types) all recorded in good numbers.  A cuckoo has been seen and heard regularly at the ARC site and several hobbies have been hawking insects over the Hooker's pits area.

Waders present in the past week included avocet, greenshank, spotted redshank, little ringed plover and common sandpiper.  Seabirds on the move included little tern and black tern. 

The long-tailed duck is still here and the bittern is still booming and was seen on Sunday.