I'm still ill though I did manage to stagger out to the floods late afternoon for a brief visit with Luke, my five year old son, in tow. Fortunately several other people reported from the patch today in what turned out to be a bumper day for patch year ticks. Jarrod Hadfield reported a BLACK-TAILED GODWIT and a singing chiffchaff (both year ticks) in the morning. Peter Law visited early afternoon where he found a CURLEW (another patch year tick), the godwit still, one OYSTERCATCHER, 4 REDSHANK and 1 DUNLIN. Finally, on my visit I saw the curlew which was still about and 3 SAND MARTINS (a fourth patch year tick) went over. It's clearly all kicking off now!