At least one marsh harrier continues to appear on a daily basis - it's plain dark-brown plumage topped with fantastic creamy-yellow/orange head marks it out as a juvenile. I managed to take a distant photo of it whilst it stopped to talk to one of the local herons. Passage waders in the last 2 days include 8 black-tailed godwits, several green sandpipers, common sandpiper, at least 3 each of ringed and little ringed plovers, up to 5 greenshank, 2 curlew and 2 whimbrel. The spotted redshank that has been around recently seem so have moved on. Snipe are feeding out in the open in good numbers on the north brooks either early in the morning or towards dusk. Redstarts (on the hedge nr Winpenny hide), wheatears (on the brooks), willow warblers and chiffchaffs (all over!) represent movements of migrant songbirds through the site. This week has also seen one or two yellow wagtails passing through. Brown hairstreak butterflies still on the wing - one was seen today on the path down to Nettley's hide.