Still rather quiet on the Patch. I went for a late afternoon walk covering all the areas but couldn't muster very much. Along the Castle Mill Stream I came across the first Mallard duckling of the year which was lovely to see. On the floods themselves were about 8 YELLOW WAGTAILS, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL, a couple of LITTLE RINGED PLOVER and a single COMMON TERN which was resting on the floods for a while before flying off. In Burgess Field I heard a LESSER WHITETHROAT call briefly once and found plenty of singing Common Whitethroats. I bumped into Ben Sandford-Smith who reported that the two WHINCHAT were still about by the southern entrance gate - it's nice to have them around still.
One of the two Little Ringed Plovers
It's now getting to the time of year which in the past has been the pinnacle of the spring passage. Given what a funny spring we've had so far I've no idea if this will occur at the usual time or indeed if at all but it's certainly worth keeping the floods under close observation just in case.