Wouldn't have thought it by late afternoon when the sun broke through, but it was drizzle all the way at Marshside this morning.
Not too bad though, with parties of Swallows whizzing through and Mipits calling in the drizzle.
Bazzo and I checked the Hesketh Road end, but that was pretty quiet.
The two Avocets (adult and juv bird) were still on the Junction Pool, and there were about 500 Blackwits in front of Nels.
A single Greenshank was here, but a bit too distant for a good picture.
Greenshank is a classy bird though....a single Dunlin was in with the Blackwits and there was a scattering of Curlew, Redshanks and Lapwings.
We went up onto Mount Baker, where Si Glinn was scoping the high tide.
Seven Little Egrets were mooching about on the channel at the edge of the marsh and good numbers of Kestrels - at least nine after a few sweeps, were hunting despite the weather.
Offshore 3 Great Crested Grebes, 13 Common Terns and regular Gannets and Common Scoters right out on the horizon kept things interesting.
Just after we left, Si had the juv Marsh Harrier hunting the outer marsh.
With the drizzle lifting, we went over to Martin Mere...too late to catch up with the flock of 10 Black Terns (including one with a white rump apparently) that Harry Sharrock et al had watched going through in the morning.
Still there were 3 Green Sandpipers, Greenshank, 30+ Ruff, Common Sand, numerous Buzzards and a juv Marsh Harrier from the Ronnie Barker Hide.
Brightening things up considerably was a young Kingfisher, hunting from the concrete block directly below the hide by the wide channel.
Already adept at fishing, it nabbed several small fish as we watched.
Stock Dove and summering Whoopers completed the picture.
After an absolutely necessary detour to the Bold in Churchtown (it can get very thirsty birding in August...) we headed for home.
Migrant Hawker inthe garden at Dempsey Towers later in the sun, and 5 Peacocks and two Holly Blues.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...