Late morning arrival at Blacktoft hoping for spotshanks on the tide and some more shots at a perfect marsh harrier if only they'd come that bit closer...
I went to Marshland first to check if anything had dropped in. A sedge warbler showed well just before the hide.
The male harrier showed very distantly over towards Alkborough church but the female patrolled the reedbeds in the Townend/Singleton area. Here are some more attempts at better marsh harrier photos...
Eventually I headed back. Good but fleeting view of a cetti's warbler en route. First comma of the year too.
Spotted redshanks x4 were on Marshland but well over the far side. The avocets pushed them about a lot but later let a magpie take one of their eggs.
Distant spotted redshanks looking nice and black!
Treat of the day came when a bittern climbed into view on the reeds to the right hand side of Marshland lagoon.