Headlines: red kite, peregrine, sanderling, scarce chaser dragonfly and emperor dragonfly.
Today saw the reserve swarming with groups of children from WATCH, Young Explorers and HOS at the relocated New Forest birdwatch event. It was teams form this event who saw all the birds today. A single red kite flew over, as did one yesterday, so probably the same bird. A peregrine was watched having a disagreement with 2 buzzard from the Goosander hide, where the sand martin continue to put on a good show.
Before the event started some of the group were in the Tern hide and saw single sanderling, dunlin, black-tailed godwit and common sandpiper, although I am not sure any of them stayed to be seen later in the day.
I was at the Centre for much of the day where we saw nine species of dragonflies and damselflies including scarce chaser and my first emperor dragonfly of the year. One of the latter was apparently egg-laying briefly in the pond.
All in all everyone seemed to have a good day, I am not sure what the total number of bird species seen was or which team actually won, but that was not really the point of the day, all the same I will post the results when I have them.