15th March 2017 and a lovely Spring morning: skylarks singing, meadow pipits displaying and reed buntings on bushes everywhere. Heard my first chiffchaff of the year singing in bushes by the ‘car pool’. Thought I had spotted it but there was a goldcrest flitting about in the same area. Few toads still on the move and saw one clump of frogspawn in a pool just north of the main pool, tadpoles already wriggling. I saw these tiny stalked puffballs growing on the dunes. I haven’t seen them before. As the tide came closer in, there were numbers of sanderling with a few dunlin and grey plover.