I had missed some of the early Spring migrants because of Easter and being away, so had a few species to catch up on. Prior to departure, I had seen Swallow and House Martin, the former initially on March 24th and the latter on March 28th. My first catch up bird this morning was singing as I got out of the car - a Blackcap, followed a few seconds later by a Willow Warbler. Over the lake itself, a small group of Sand Martins was flying around plus a few Swallows, whilst on the spit was my first Redshank of the year. This bird did not seem to hang around, as it soon started to call and flew off, though it may still be around.
I decided to check the Pump Lane area for Wheatear, Redstart and Ring Ouzel and found success with the former species, a nice male Wheatear was feeding in the 'polo' field and was using a large plastic bucket as a vantage point.
I missed a Curlew whilst away, but hopefully will see plenty more migrant species over the coming weeks.