I did see a strange looking bird which I identified and reported as 'a possible Red-backed Shrike seen distantly'. I posted photos on birdforum.net and the opinions of the members were almost exactly 50:50 for a Whitethroat/Lesser Whitethroat and a Red-backed Shrike. At first, seeing the responses I was convinced it was a Red-backed Shrike because in the field it did not look one tiny bit like a Sylvia species. But one person commented saying he saw a female Reed Bunting the following day which looked very similar and he said it definitely was the same leucistic female he had seen, so to this day I am convinced its correct identity is leucistic female Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus. It is a shame because I genuinely thought it was my first self found rarity, although strictly speaking, it is not a rarity (description not required by BBRC).
Many Great Black-backed Gulls passed overhead, totalling 30. Other birds around the common where the shrike was included about 30 Goldfinch, a few Meadow Pipit and Linnet, good views of Stonechat and a few more.
The pool we visited for ten minutes at the end of the trip produced: an Avocet, about 250 Lapwing, 41 Ringed Plover, a Ruff and 3 Snipe.
It was a great day with a lifer and a good variety of species.