I arrived on site at about 8:30am and a scan of the pit revealed no waders and no sign of anything new in. A pair of Shelduck still remained and a male and female Wigeon were still on site - the Wigeon had been down to 2 males a while ago which were then joined by 11 further birds, 6 males and 5 females around March 25th. These soon departed to leave a single male and a further female now seems to have joined it.
At 8:45am, a Common Tern arrived, presumably coming in off the Thames and began flying and dipping in the SW corner, fairly close to the tern raft. With no hope of getting a record shot in flight, I left for the meadow in the hope that it might alight somewhere whilst I was gone. In the western meadow, 8 Fieldfares were feeding and also 2 Rooks in with the Jackdaws, which is a bird that had so far eluded me this year. In the dried up Spade Oak meadow, I noticed a rather distant pale bird. Just as I was about to scope it, 2 dogs went charging at a small group of geese, scattering them onto the river - luckily my bird remained in its favoured spot nearby and was quickly identified as a Wheatear. I took a couple of record shots into the sun before it took flight towards the river. I didn't see whether it crossed or not, but this meadow is heavily used by dog walkers, so I expect it moved on fairly quickly.
I popped back briefly at about 2pm to find no real change, except a build up of immature LWHG on the spit and then left. Dave F paid a visit less than an hour later and found what is presumably the same 2w Iceland Gull that was last seen here on March 11th - ah well, you can't see them all!