That's what you call a flood plain, just as I was thinking we were getting all the run off from the Salwarp see you soon mate John
Scrutiny of the gulls revealed a first summer Mediterranean Gull amongst 33 Black-heads. Med Gull is a new patch tick for me so I'm pretty chuffed about that. The bird had very little black on the head - just a fairly indistinct mask. It is probably one of the birds recently seen at Upton Warren. A few LBBG's and Herring Gulls also present until gunshots from a nearby wood caused all the gulls to disperse - most flying off due west.
The female Redstart showed again briefly as it perched on one of the barbed wire fences and the Spotted Flycatcher was showing extremely well in its usual place.
Other birds seen today include Common Whitethroat (6), Sedge Warbler (7), Linnets (6), Raven (1), Nuthatch (1), Grey Wagtail (1 female), Swallow (15+ including several juvs), Grey Heron (2), Greenfinch (8 including 3 juvs), Treecreeper (2), Goldfinch (10+ including 2 juvs), Goldcrest (3), Mistle Thrush (4), Jay (2), Buzzard (4), Sparrowhawk (1 female), Bullfinch (pair), Kingfisher, Long-tailed Tits (20+), Chaffinch (6), plus several Swifts, House Martins, Blackcaps, Moorhens, Mallards, Chiffchaffs, Reed Warblers, Reed Buntings (including 1 juv), Song Thrushes, Wrens, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Blackbirds, Jackdaws, Collared Doves, Wood Pigeons, Rooks and Stock Doves.
Insects seen today included Ringlets (25+), Meadow Browns (10), Green-veined White (2), Large Skipper, Small Skipper (2), Banded Demoiselles (5), Beautiful Demoiselles (3), Blue-tailed Damselflies (picture below), Southern Hawker (2), Silver Y Moth (picture below) and Six-spot Burnet Moth (picture below)