During the morning I managed a decent count of waders with: (3) Little-ringed Plover, (4) Ringed Plover, 2 pair of Redshank including (4) young and 2 pair of Oystercatcher with (3) and (4) young respectively. In addition at least (3) Lapwing chicks were on Tern Island. Common Tern numbered (3) on and around the rafts and an excellent count of (5) Shelduck, with birds taking a great interest in one our man-made nesting holes! A couple of Yellow Wagtail also settled for a brief stay.
The rain turned to heavy showers mid morning so we took a walk to the screen area and Carlton Hide in between. It's great to hear the reedbeds, bramble and hawthorn alive with birdsong: Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Garden Warbler all noted.
With the sun shining and the heat building a few butterflies took to the wing and Small Copper, Comma, Orange-tip, Green-vein White and Brimstone were recorded. A Drinker Moth caterpillar was also discovered near the 'Olive Seat'.