Superb weather over the weekend, so I had to desert my post as wallpaper stripper extraordinaire (extraordinarily stupid more like _ what a lousy job), to go birdin'.
Time, paste, paper and Polyfilla wait for no man, so I had to be quick, tazzing around Marshside in the warm sun.
Skylarks were in full song from Crossens down to Hesketh Road, the four Scaup were with the gazillions of Pochard on the Sandplant lagoons and the stonking ringtail Hen Harrier was quartering the marsh, just to the north of Mount Baker and the Sandplant compound.
A few hundred Pink Feet were still on Crossens Outer, and Coot were displaying around Polly's Creek.
Best of all, three Avocets were roosting on Marshside One, their earliest return to date _ if they stick aroond that is, they could just be wandering individuals.
If they are "our" returning breeders, it suggests its going to be a mighty busy year for Avocets, if the vanguard is getting onto the marsh a whole month early to secure the best nesting sites _ they'll look daft if it freezes up again!
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...