After spending 3 days battling with a flat pack greenhouse (I'm not sure who won) it was good to get out and about.
First stop was The Patch where there was 2 Mediterranean Gulls on the beach, 2 first summer Common Terns with 8+ adults, 4 Sandwich Terns and dozens of Black-headed Gulls, Herring, Lesser Black Backed and Greater Black Backed Gulls. Then the hordes of anglers arrived and flushed everything. The Black Redstart is still singing behind the hide and a Pied wagtail was collecting food off the perimeter wall.
In the lighthouse garden which is now becoming quite over grown and looking good for migrants 2 juvenile Goldfinches.
In the screen hide the Swallows still in residence, behind the hide a Hobby over the Tower Pits also a Marsh Harrier and a Bittern flew from the Tower Pits to Boulderwall.
This afternoon watching from the garden listening to the tennis produced the usual Marsh Harriers, a Hobby, a Little Egret and several Oystercatchers calling high overhead.
Islands are now rapidly appearing on Burrowes Pit, hopefully one or two good waders will find them. From Dennis's Hide today 200+ Canada Geese, many eclipse ducks, a Redshank and on the raft behind the hide the pair of Common Gulls have a well grown chick.
This evening a bike ride down Galloways was as expected very quiet. An adult male Marsh Harrier was hunting close to the road, a few Linnets, Common Whitethroats, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks were seen. In Dengemarsh Road a Yellow Wagtail by the entrance to the race track.