There were some big tides this week and one high tide coincided with strong winds, scouring out the entrance to river. The water level in the river has consequently dropped by 2 -3 feet exposing some nice areas of mud. There's plenty of flying insects about but disappointingly I couldn't find any Waders. However, there was a bit of activity along the edge of the reedbed with at least 1 Sedge Warbler and a Whitethroat feeding busily. A male and female Reed Bunting were also present as was a Little Egret, the former in the reedbed, the latter feeding at the side of the river. On the beach were 5 Feral Pigeons. Amongst the rocks 2 Common Sandpiper were being driven up the beach by the rising tide. They soon flew off, flicking there wings, low over the sea towards the west.