With a north westerly picking up speed and bringing rain into Liverpool Bay today, but no decent tides, it's hard to plan ahead for the weekend.
You maybe repaid for heading inland, with 18,000 pink feet reported at Martin Mere yesterday, and the pec sand still lingering, there are worse ways to spend an autumn morning.
I'm determined to stay local this weekend _ after jaunts to Spurn and Flamborough over the last fortnight, my local patch at Marshside is feeling distinctly neglected _ but you can't be everywhere at once.
Then again, that veery on Shetland sounds mighty tempting.....
North West Birdline (09068 700 249) reported a taiga bean goose at Martin Mere with the pinkies _ but if you go looking, take care, pinkies often have yellow bills, and I've even seen birds with yellowy legs over the years.
No doubt this week's bird is gen, but bean goose (either race) is right up there with goshawk for being misidentified in the North West _ always learn your pinkies and sprawks off by heart before you claim either of these two VERY scarce birds.
Remember that a goose needs more than a yellow bill to be a bean _ primary projection, mantle barring, tone on the head, headshape, gait, and of course great big Donald Duck orange legs and feet (get some socks on!) should all be clear, depending on race.
As for goshawks, well big female sprawks often trap the unwary, especially when there's nothing to compare them with sizewise in the air at the time.
If geese give you a headache, can I suggest the Great Orme again this weekend _ with Dick's pipit and ortolan on Bardsey and bad weather expected today, the odd quality autumn migrant could well crash land on the 'Orme tomorrow morning.
Goldcrests are moving through the garden at Dempsey Towers at present with titflocks, so if I'm lucky something may turn up with them.
Meanwhile my DP column tomorrow is about wasps and skuas.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies.....