Construction continues apace at my favourite local patch, so I don't expect as many birds as last year.
Still, the mudflats are accreting, and some birds are already returning. I spent a couple of hours baking in the midday sun, trying to paint and sketch. I got ants in my water and red mites all over my sketchpad, but apart from that, I quite enjoyed myself.
A couple of adult Lesser Sand Plovers kept a wary distance fom one another, already protecting feeding territory.
A roosting flock of Whimbrels were more companionable!
Total numbers today were meagre:
Lesser Sand Plover 2
Common Redshank 6
Common Greenshank 1
Common Sandpiper 5
Little Egret 7