Started off calm at Marshside but wet, then a raging hooley picked up _ force 5-6 SWly so I tried a few wader shots from the hides.
The blackwits are coming into full summer plumage now, as were a flock of Golden Plover. Bazzo and I also had two Greenshanks and a Little Stint on Marshside Two, from the Sandgrounders Hide.
Plenty of Swallows low down, and three singing Reed Warblers in the SSSI ditch. Some nice Ruffs lekking on Marshside One, but I couldn't see yesterday's Green Winged Teal.
At least two Common Sandpipers and five White Wags, singing Whitethroat (4), Willow Warbler (3) and Greenland Wheatears (3) on Marshside Two, but otherwise quiet (unless you count the dicey Barnacle Geese and a flyover male Peregrine.
We drove over to Martin Mere, where there was a VERY distant Wood Sandpiper from the Millers Bridge Hide (a fairly early date) and a few Swifts, but no sign of the pair of Garganey, or the two Tawny Owls that roost in the tree just past Gladstone Hide (but it was bloody windy).
At least this Pheasant was more obliging, croaking away by the path _ nice plumage when close up!
That's all for now...
Eyes to the skies everybody, eyes to the skies...