Did Marshside with Bazzo from 8.45am to 11.40am today, and despite the raging southerly and occasional rain, it wasn't too bad.
The wind was warm and the light quite milky (my excuse for the way these pix look), and small parties of Meadow Pipits were going through constantly.
A few Pied Wagtails dropped in too, and Woodpigeons were on the move - at least six burst out of the Forest of Bale on the western slopes of Mount Baker.
There was a Greenshank with a few Blackwits on the Sandplant Pool, and shedloads of Canada Geese as usual.
The six young Ruddy Ducks were bobbing about on the water, and at least two Common Sandpipers were in the drains off the Sandgrounders Hide.
From Mount Baker we had another two Greenshank in among the passage waders - Grey Plover, Dunlin, Curlew, Ringed Plover etc, and there must have been at least 2,500 Shelducks out on the flats.
The sea looked mountainous - shame the tides are no good for a seawatch today.
A Whitethroat was around the junction pool, and a Migrant Hawker was on the bank a little way down the path to Nels.
From Nels Hide perhaps 200 Teal were dozing, with a few Wigeon, Shoveler and two small roosts of Black Tailed Godwits.
Best of all was this Whimbrel, which showed very well at first, but sneaked off into the long grass by the time I'd got my digicamera out.
Lovely strong head pattern.
Nice bird, shame about the shots...
Two Peregrines were visible in the distance perched up on the Gasometer, but then the rain set in.
I drove up to Crossens Marsh which was quiet - everything was spooked by a passing SeaKing helicopter doing its thing for the airshow, until 120 Pink Feet flew in from the east and pitched down on Crossens Inner and Outer Marshes - say goodbye to summer.....
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies.....