Started off dry (at 7.45am anyway) but the rain had set in at Marshside by 9.30am.
Sedgies, Whitethroat and Reed Warbler singing around the SSSI ditch.
Spent most of my time at Nel's watching the Dunlins (approx 800 birds today). The feeding flock held two Curlew Sandpipers early on (an adult summer and transitional job), but they cleared off.
Three Ringed Plovers there too, plus at least 9 pullus Avocets, and loadsa young Lapwing.
At least two male Garganeys on Marshside One which fed for a while before doing the usual "Garganey thing" of sleeping.
Good spring for them on the marsh this year.
Plenty of Gadwall today too.
I was joined by Bazzo, Neill and Mike and we went through the Dunlins until we couldn't take it anymore...nowt odd amongst them (yet) but there were fewer here today than yesterday.
Hyperactive as ever, they were hard to get pics of...when they did stay in one place they kept attacking each other, anxious to get the best feeding. The calls make them sound so irritated, altho' not as irritated as me trying to get a decent shot of them.
At least two Mallard drakes behaved a bit better...
I walked up to the Sandgrounders hide in the rain, where Swallows were perching on the wires quite close, they looked bedraggled, but still mighty purty.
The rain had forced many hirundines and Swifts down low, but these were the ones that allowed me to take their pictures.
A few Marsh Orchids starting to flower now, with Bladder Campion, crucifers, Green Alkanet and vetches blooming away.
Suitably drenched I headed for home about midday.
Blackcap still singing in the garden at Dempsey Towers, but I haven't heard my Willow Warbler for a few days - it has moved on, and in this weather, who can blame it?
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies....