Did Marshside from about 9.30am today - not bad despite the very heavy rain showers.
Swarms of hirundines and Swifts moving through - at one point there were 70 Swallows, 7 Sand martins and 2 House Martins perched up on the wires at the back of the Sandplant Lagoon, while scores more hawked over head.
Golf Course was fairly quiet - Reed Warbler in the SSSI ditch (and by Nels later), Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap and Chiffchaff singing and six Redpoll going north early on.
Clarko had a Lesser Whitethroat on his dawn chorus walk much earlier on.
From Nels the male Garganey was still present dozing away to the south.
3 drake Ruddy Ducks and 2 females on Marshside One.
One male Yellow Wagtail, two Ruff (including a fine male), Ringed Plover and hordes more Swifts and hirundines.
Quite a few young Lapwing out now, consequently quite a few Carrion Crows mooching about and keeping the adult Lapwings in a state of nervous hysteria.
From the Sandgrounders hide there were 10 Wheatear and up to 5 Yellow Wagtail amongst the cattle, a White Wagtail and two summer plumage Golden Plover further back.
Met Bazzo and John Bannon - JB had seen a Cuckoo at the north end of the Forest of Bale, before it flew off to the north east, but when I checked the compound, the Scrote Family Robinson were playing with the noisiest radio cars this side of hell, so the place was deserted, save a singing Whitethroat and Wren.
A fair few calidris had flown through over the tide, but only one or two landed which was a pity. One Little Egret on the outer marsh.
Checked Plex Moss quickly on the way home, but quiet-ish.
Most fields still peppered with Wheatears, Whitethroats singing away and at least 12 Rooks, presumably from the Rosemary Wood colony by Haskayne.
Orange Tip butterfly and Comma in the garden at Dempsey Towers in the sun yesterday, and the Hedgehog was still showing no signs of moving on.
First breeding Swifts were back around DempseyTowers last night, with up to seven today, but only half-hearted screaming so far.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...