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31 August, 2011

After a very quiet and calm day on the patch yesterday, today was also slow and still fairly calm, but there's a light easterly now blowing, perhaps hinting at better things to come. Combined totals for the area today include,22 Blackcaps, 30 Whitethroats, 15 Chiffchaffs, 8 Willow Warblers, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Reed Warblers, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Garden Warblers, 1 Redstart, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 5 Wheatears. Waders are more obvious now, with 88 Oystercatchers, 105 Ringed Plovers and 32 Sanderling on the shore and 6 Golden Plover nearby, whilst the sea produced 4 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Whimbrel, 7 Curlew and a few Sandwich and Common Terns.

Hirundines were obviously on the move, with perhaps 1000 Swallows passing through and heading east, especially over the sea, and also 200 House Martins and 50 Sand Martins.