Conditions weren't ideal on the windy Nene Washes today, but the birds didn't seem to mind too much. We shared the area with something in excess of 5,000 Golden Plover and numerous Redshank, Lapwing and Meadow Pipit.
There were a few 'ticking' Snipe but no drumming could be heard. It looks fantastic for waders - breeding and otherwise - at the moment, but there's a good chance most of the water will evaporate before passage really gets underway.
We were hoping for a few Garganey or a Wheatear, but the swirling, rushing flocks of Goldies overhead made up for their absence. The Lapwings were in full display mode and there was much aerial flirting/fighting. Meadow Pipits 'parachuted' over the meadows and flocks of Wigeon were still around. The calls of Marsh Harriers echoed from higher up.
But the best stuff is yet to come.