Couldn't put off a trip to Marshside any longer so nipped up there for an hour or so at 4pm this afternoon.
It was absolutely freezing, with the meanest easterly wind this side of Minsk ripping across the site.
Hordes of Avocets about, with several on nests already, good numbers of Blackwits coming into full breeding plumage and a Ruff up by Polly's Creek.
I know I've just come back from the scorching heat of the desert, but I don't think the middle of April is meant to be as cold as this.
The Ross's Gull on the Fylde must be loving it. I wasn't.
4 Swallows hawking for insects at the Junction Pool, 4 off Nels and a further 11 at the Hesketh Road end.
A single Common Sandpiper in front of the Sandgrounders hide.
I believe the Forest of Bale and Sandplant walls now have a reprieve till the autumn, so we may get a few migrants in there this year after all, but I wish someone would tell us what exactly the plans for the site's future are. Anybody?
Walked round the point with John Bannon and we had a few Meadow Pipits and a single male Wheatear looking very miserable.
Called in at the Sands Lake on the way home, where two Swallows were whizzing about amongst Lesser Black Backs, Herring and Black Headed Gulls.
A few pairs of Tufties still on the water.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...