Despite the rain showers, it wasn't a bad morning today, bit grey maybe _ picked up Bazzo early and headed for the marsh...
First bird we saw was a female Wheatear (odd date for us) out on the lorry road mounds, so we checked Mount Baker and the Forest of Bale in case there was anything else about. There wasn't.
At least the first Bee Orchid spike is now blooming - have you ever seen a more amazing flower??
A Common Sandpiper was whizzing about in front of the Sandgrounders Hide - first returning autumn migrant maybe - but it was way too nippy for me to get a decent shot of it. Nice bird though. Two male Ruddy Ducks on the sandplant lagoons.
Walked down to Nels Hide, where Neill and Simon G were already scoping an eclipse male Garganey right in front of the hide, and hordes of Avocets were bustling about.
The first of the fully fledged young Black Headed Gulls were out on the marsh today, and returning Curlews were on the outer estuary.
Tried a few shots of young Lapwing, Blackwits and Redshank with mixed results.
Heavy rain set in so after an hour or so, we pushed on and I drove over to Martin Mere, joined by Jellyhead.
Andy Bunting had had some good mothing, but best of all was the Striped Hawkmoth found a day or so back and still in a holding jar at the In Focus shop.
A megamoth for Lancs - shame it was dead.
Also at the mere, the stilts were looking decidedly pissed off with the rain of a northern summer (no action around the nest for a few days, which doesn't look good, the young should have hatched by now).
A Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plovers and a lovely dark Ruff were also on the mud off the Ron Barker hide.
A very pale Buzzard perched up on the telegraph poles some distance away had us going for awhile, but it was just a Common Buzzard.
Well that's it, time to get juiced up before the Brazil game....
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies....