While the sun lasts I decided to walk down to the low tide mark this afternoon at Ainsdale Beach (ignoring the allure of the Green Beach and Taggs for once).
Nice roost of about 45 Grey Plover, 15 Bar Tailed Godwits, 20 Dunlin and 30 Oystercatchers, dozing at the water's edge.
The Grey Plover are absolutely stunning at the moment.
That said, I particularly liked the one on the right of the next pic, practising a bit of yogic flying when it thought the rest of the flock wasn't looking...
Offshore a small feeding flock of gulls drew in an adult Gannet which drifted away to the south, and four Sandwich Terns.
Four Swallows buzzed north low over the waves still heading north.
About 30 Sanderlings coming into summer plumage now and feeding along the water's edge and the small pools left by the ebbing tide.
They were really getting stuck in, probing the sand, pushing down with their whole body, instead of picking at it like they do in winter.
Three Willow Warblers, two Whitethroats and a Blackcap singing around the Sands Lake, otherwise fairly quiet.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...