Lovely brisk south westerly today, up to force 7, but no tide on our coast to seawatch it on, which is frustrating - skuas and such like from the Fylde north, but the sea was a distant white flecked strip on the horizon from Marshside.
I'd picked Bazzo up earlier and after a fruitless check of the Sandplant compound and Mount Baker, we called into Sandgrounders Hide.
A few Blackwits and Snipe about, Ruddy Duck and a distant Little Egret on the west side of Polly's Creek, but that was about all.
The Junction Pool had more Blackwits, an ebullient John Bannon, four Dunlins and two Avocets - one an adult, the other a young bird, probably blown in off the outer estuary to shelter from the wind.
The mosses weren't much better - a quick look yielded Buzzard, Sprawk and Yellowhammer, and small parties of Swifts heading south - the ones that have summered round Dempsey Towers left yesterday.
Here's hoping the wind holds till the tides come good at the end of the week.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...