Once I'd done the washing up, got the weekly shopping in, shampooed the cat (hang on, we don't have a cat), and taken a load of rubbish down to the dump, I managed to get onto the marsh for a few hours this afternoon.
Two Buzzards were circling over Guildford Rd (Birkdale end) as I headed down there.
The Sandplant Compound had 14 Blackbirds, 3 Song Thrushes, 3 Robins, 5 Grey Partridge, 3 Stonechat and a Siskin calling overhead.
A few Common Darters and Red Admiral still on the wing.
Met Mike McKavett on the top of Mount Baker, and he mentioned he'd had a good flock of Fieldfare over Hesketh Road earlier.
A Little Egret was feeding in one of the shallow pools on the outer marsh.
A few Pochard, Ruddy Duck, Little Grebe on the Sandplant Pool, and Sparrowhawk hunting the area, spooking the Starlings and Lapwings.
The Glossy Ibis was preening on the far side of Polly's Pool.
On the outer marsh several thousand Pink Feet were grazing (too far away to work really), and the smaller immature-type ringtail Hen Harrier was hunting.
A big female Peregrine was perched up miles out.
Brief views of a Little Stint amongst the Lapwing and Golden Plover from Nels Hide, but they were flushed by something and the stint headed off high to the north.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...