Arrived down on the marsh just before 9am this morning and the morning got progressively more humid, stultifying almost.
Fairly quiet early on, with Shoveler and brood on the Junction pool, where there were also four Teal.
Hordes of Avocets and their young, and the Swallows showing very well close to their nest by the Sandgrounders Hide.
With the Marine Drive north of the Sandplant closed for works at the moment, it's a great opportunity to actually hear what's a Marshide as well as see it - usually most of our songsters are drowned out by the noise of passing cars.
The Percy Sledges were particularly noisy today, sitting up in the morning sun and singing away...Whitethroat, Reed Bunting and Wrens blasting out too.
A male and female House Sparrow by the Sandgrounders Hide was nice, and there were two Ruddy Ducks on the lagoon.
Polly's Creek and pool held a few Dunlin, Redshanks and Blackwits, while Nels was quiet, apart from the Reed Warbler squawking away to the south.
Met John Aitchison, who'd seen the Grey Partridges with young on the point, but it was a hot and sleepy day really.
A Stoat was sneaking around at the foot of Mount Baker early on.
Emperor Dragonfly at the bottom of Marshside One, Small Skipper and Common Blue north of the Sandplant (also Cinnabar moth there) and two Painted Ladies around the entrance to Nels hide - oh God I'm looking at insects again.
It must be summer.
Neill and Mike Stocker turned up just as I was leaving at noon - hope they had better luck than me.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies....