The bittern was seen again briefly in flight over the eastern reedbed at Vange Marsh yesterday. Also seen was a kingfisher as it flew along the creek near the screen hide and later over the reedbed. Also a green sandpiper flew from the saline lagoon and 7 common snipe were on the freshmarsh. A green woodpecker flew across the reserve.

In Timbermans Creek and viewed from the marina at Wat Tyler Country Park was a nice little collection of waders. Mainly black-tailed godwits along with 8 grey plover, 2 ruff and singles of spotted redshank, dunlin and greenshank.

Thirty waxwings were again present in Pitsea around lunchtime, showing well near the Go Outdoors store.