As usual we got the bus and walked along the Thames to the Pinkhill Hide gate and arriving at the causeway saw our first Swift of the year and lots of Common Terns. A quick look towards the south end of F2 suggested that the Bonaparte's Gull was still there, as there was a small group of birders by the ''bus shelter''. We were able to watch it at close quarters as it harassed the fishing Great Crested Grebes, trying to steal their lunch, and squabbling with the Black-headed Gulls. Also nearby were 4 Common Sandpipers, a Cuckoo calling and a Red Kite passing overhead.
Large numbers of hirundines were feeding over both F1 & F2, mostly Sand & House Martins with a few Swallows & 2 more Swifts. Along the causeway were a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, many Pied Wagtails, a White Wagtail & a Yellow Wagtail.
Amongst other birds seen were a Kestrel, a Buzzard, a Mistle Thrush, a few Canada & Greylag Geese (with goslings), Gadwall, Mallards (with ducklings), Coots, Moorhens, Cormorants, Chiffchaffs & Long-tailed Tits.
(Trevor & Sue Clayson)