Got up (having slept in till 9am) and the wind had dropped right down...no point seawatching today.....so what to do?
My indecisiveness was quashed by a quick call from Jellyhead, who was up on Mount Baker, moments after disturbing a couple involved in the sauciest kind of clothes-on jiggerypokery you can imagine.
Never mind "Debbie does Dallas", when are they going to film "Mandy does Marshside"??
Jellyhead also had a Wheatear, so I figured nothing ventured nothing gained, and headed down to the marsh for the high tide.
Tropical caught up with us too, and we wandered down the lorry road to meet the tide - it was a big 'un, but with a strong south easterly, was never going to be that dramatic.
Still, we had up to five Greenshanks, Little Stint and a Curlew Sand on Polly's Creek, a Short Eared Owl had been around earlier on, and the larks were twittering everywhere as we wandered out to have a paddle at the end of the track.
As ever, the tide rippled in behind us and we were soon up to our ankles in muddy Ribble estuary brown water.
Plenty of Shelduck in the shallows with BHGs, and impressive numbers of Common Snipe rising out of the spartina as the tide seeped in.
A few Grey Herons were taking advantage of the tide to pick off various invertebrates etc, and Meadow Pipits were "bleeping" everywhere.
A Peregrine tazzed thro' Marshside One, before repeated forays all over the marsh, spooking the usual waders with predictable regularity.
Small flocks of Pinkies on Crossens Inner, and on the outer marsh we got good views of Little Egret, and one, possibly two, distant Marsh Harriers....cue dodgy pics.....
Egret was clearly a juv bird - check out the bluey bill - visible even on my long distance shots, and the Marsh Harrier, which was much further away, was a youngster too.
A few groups of Swallows went through earlier on, and we had a Clouded Yellow at the end of the lorry road.
Other bugs today included Peacock, Red Admiral, Migrant Hawker and Common Darter.
Graham Clarkson had Water Rail squeee-aling at the top end of Marshside One, and a Curlew Sand.
Still no more gen on the Purple Sandpiper claimed yesterday.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...