There were lots of Cetti's Warblers around, on our lap we heard them pretty much everywhere and there must have been at least 15 singing birds.
There were a couple of singing Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps, which I think by now probably ARE proper migrants rather than lingering winterers.
Carrying on from here, we had a brief, close view of a female Bearded Tit which (I think) was carrying nesting material.
As we got near the Target Pools we had a scan for the juv Spoonbill that was found yesterday. Amazingly, four Spoonies in all were here yesterday - but the other three were in Aveley Bay first thing and flew off to destination unknown. The young bird on the Target Pools stuck around though, affording distant but nice views.
We were just rounding the corner by the Dragonfly Pond when Shane, who was a few paces ahead, stopped us and pointed at the side of the boardwalk. For a moment we all stared at nothing, and then a Weasel popped its adorable little head out of the exact same gap where I'd seen one disappear on a long-ago previous visit. But this time, the Weasel didn't vanish for good. It really wanted to keep heading along the path, but we were in the way. There followed a wonderful minute of Weasel-watching as it crossed from side to side, ran towards us a bit, paused, nipped under the boardwalk and then out again, before finally rushing away for good when a group of children approached. Here are what I think are my best photos of it.
We opted to do a mini-loop of the woodland area after tea, as it was by now quite warm and we hoped more insects might be out and about.
ETA - I have JUST realised that 'Ron Weasel' is a Harry Potter reference. So I guess it would be Ron or Ginny.