An early start this morning with a walk around the Reserve produced little except for 3 Lesser Whitethroats,an abundance of Whitethroats and the American Wigeon. An attempt to stalk the Wigeon (inside the Reserve) failed, showing just how warey and wild this bird is. I must invest in a camoflauge suit to hide myself in!! My first Swifts were noted with at least a dozen over the Reserve. A very obliging Goosander sat on the bank of the Rother appeared to have a damaged wing - choosing to swim off rather than fly.
By midday the temperature were positively balmy (well almost) at Pit-house West the first Reed Warbler was singing from the base of a very sorry looking reed bed and a pair of Wheatears by the Swallownest entrance.