I've been spending my lunch breaks this week at Sunderland Football Clubs Academy Pools. It was great to hear the Sedge Warblers (above) back on territory again, with the first heard on Tuesday and as many as four by the friday.
Hirundines are also back feeding on the insects around the pools. Swallows and Sand Martins had been here for a while already but on thursday they were joined by a single House Martin (above), my first of the year.
The start of the week was excellent for Wheatears, with at least 7 individuals seen on the monday. The next day it was down to 3, and they stuck around for a few more days but by friday I didnt see any at all. Common Whitethroats (above) are also back on their breeding grounds, with around 3 or 4 seen/heard along the path to the pools. Also 2 or 3 Groppers were heard reeling in various places. No sign yet though of any Lesser Whitethroats.