After getting back from Lesbos I came down with a serious case of man flu, caught on the plane no doubt and I still have it but yesterday I made a start on the home patch after a break of 3 weeks. Starting a Wraik Hill all seemed very quiet but I was happy to note the two nightingales were still present but not much else just a couple of speckled woods, a few wrens and tits.
Moving along to Mt. Pleasant corner two cetti's could be heard and a pair of stonechats were out in the field but hardly any song from reed or sedge warblers. Further along SS Lane another cetti's was in song and a coot was feeding in the main dyke. At the back of the levels 4 lapwings took to the air when a marsh harrier made an appearance and a good number of swallows were hawking over the fields. Down on the seafront I stopped at the pumping station seeing 2 common terns perched on the end of the outfall and a short walk into the plots revealed hardly anything.
At the Sportsman beach two wheatears were seen plus 8 linnets and a mipit. On the main reedbed a few reed and sedge warblers were in song plus a couple of reed buntings but all seemed rather quiet.
A few swallows were tracking along the coast plus a small party of house martins and later two marsh harriers were displaying to one another.