If you believe the wading birds then perhaps it is ... or is it?
Not many people know this but long distance migrating waders actually start returning to their wintering grounds in June!
The evidence is clear here at Burton Mere Wetlands too as several spotted redshanks are present in full summer plumage (Left hand image - stonking glossy,smoky black!) whilst a few greenshanks (right hand image - also in their more subtle summer plumage) are also present.
Both these birds are regular on passge through the Dee Estuary with a few spending the winter here instead of their more typical wintering grounds of South and West Africa.
The birds here presently are probably females as they leave the breeding ground almost as soon as the chicks have hatched ... no comment needed!
Other passage waders already seen are common sandpiper and their scarcer cousin the green sandpiper.
The reserve has a fantastic history of attracting rare waders on passage from North America in particular (lesser yellowlegs, long-billed dowitcher and pectoral sandpiper amongst the last few year's highlights) so keep your eyes peeled when you next visit as you may find yourself looking at the a bird that has gotten lost and travelled inadvertently a very long way.
On the wildfowl front a few teal and a few shoveler are present thus reminding us that we have already passed the longest day.
Other notable sightings: spoonbill, cuckoo, hobby, red kite, common tern, little egret, great white egret (Parkgate), crossbill x6 (flyover)