Light conditions were very poor, so I 'borrowed' some of Steve Ray's photos...you can tell which are his, because you can identify the bird(s).
We spent some time at Grove, seeeing a welcome increase in the number of Martins and Swifts. Sedge and Cetti's Warblers were singing, but we heard no Reed Warblers, Bearded Tits, Cuckoos or Nightingales.
There was a mixed flock of small waders - Ringed Plovers (+ a couple of Littles apparently) and Dunlin - until a Hobby buzzed low and they were gone.Little else of interest emerged until we heard the purring of a Turtle Dove, which was finally located at the top of a tree. Also notable by their absence were the Ramp Rats, who it transpired had spent the night watching the reserve (with either commendable diligence or incomprehensible foolishness, depending on your view).
Then to the hide at Restharrow Scrape, where birds of note included a Common Snipe feeding just in front of us,
a single Little Ringed Plover, four Little Grebes noisily displaying, and some interesting non-breeding gulls.