And that usually means... Chaz has been away for a few days.
Yep, Mrs Chaz and I have spent a week up in Derbyshire Cat/house sitting so really sorry if you have been logging-on in vain (although if you register on the option on the blog you will always know when I have done an update).
Only birding I have managed to do has involved Ravens, Peregrines and my first Swallows of the year on the 16th. I did however receive an e-mail from my old mate Ian Phillips who paid the sites a visit on the 11th. He seemed to have a worthwhile visit with an unidentified Dunlin-sized wader, several Snipe and a confirmed Jacksnipe, as well as a male Goldeneye.
As for summer birds he managed to find three singing Willow Warbler, several Swallows and Chiffchaffs. Ian has also had his earliest ever record of Whitethroat on the 8th (I assume this was in the Smestow Valley, Ian's usual haunt)? Something strange is going on with respect to arrival dates this year - interesting times.
I hope to do the Marsh and Mere tomorrow so will get back on the metaphorical horse then. - Chaz