A lovely bright and still morning so I went up to Wraik Hill hoping for nightingales, none singing but a willow warbler, blackcap and chiffs on the top of the hill but no nightingale. Couldn't hear any on Foxes Cross Hill slope but a call later from GB alerted me to return as he had now heard one in song which I heard from the car! Down at the seafront there were quite a few sedge warblers, chiffs plus a whitethroat and a couple of stonechats. Brian Watmough recorded a white-spotted bluethroat on the LNR early morning.
Another sunny day where I walked along the LNR hoping for yesterday's WS bluethroat but no luck, instead, 1 swallow, 2 house martins and a wheatear. Back at the NRA and 'island' 16 ringed plovers and 1 dunlin (first this month).
Today, loads of sedge warblers but couldn't hear a reed warbler (maybe the ears) however, I clearly heard several reels of one or perhaps two grasshopper warblers. Also, 4 cetti's, 1 marsh harrier, whitethroat, 5 swallows, a couple of blackcaps and a cuckoo, my first this year. Out on the sea 2 lesser black-backed gulls and two grebes in courtship. By the YC 2 Sandwich and one common tern and by the huts 2 wheatears, a dozen plus linnets and goldfinches. Nice to hear all the skylarks singing, seem to be making a come back here.