Covered a fair bit of ground today, starting off at Ainsdale for an hour of seawatching over the high tide - although conditions were none too promising, it never hurts to keep your eye in.
Auks whizzing past offshore stood out like a sore thumb, reflecting white against the blue sea.
Nothing exceptional, but still plenty of Sandwich Terns offshore, and one or two Gannets.
If the proper westerlies forecast for this week rage in as promised with a good bit of filthy weather, we could finally be on for a Leach's Petrel or two - if we're lucky.
Anyway today's bag was:
Common Scoter 27
Sandwich Tern 38
Red Throated Diver 2
Great Crested Grebe 1
Plus the usual Cormorants, Shelducks and waders.
From there I drove up to Marshshide, where I met up with Bazzo, fresh from his WeBs count.
A few thousand Pink Feet on Marshside Two, with two Pochard on the Sandplant Pool, and Goldcrest round the Sandplant Compound entrance.
Inside were two Wheatears (see top of entry), up to 6 Robins, several Song Thrush, Goldfinch, more Goldcrests and Mipits and Skylarks passing in small numbers, and one or two Grey Wags overhead.
The Avocet was still on Polly's Pool.
Crossens Outer had no less than 17 Little Egret, which with a further 3 on view on the inland side of the road, took the tally to 20 - a Marshside record for me anyway.
3,800 Pinkies out there too, with a single Greenshank and about 150 Golden Plover.
We moved onto Martin Mere, which had still more Pink Feet - over 6,000 on the reserve and up to 5 Common Buzzards in the air.
Not much else though, apart from the steadily swelling numbers of wildfowl (including the three resident Whoopers), Snipe, Lapwings and a few Ruff.
September sun fooled this young misguided Moorhen into an attempt at nest-building - but if the forecast is right, we won't be getting much more Indian summer stuff, a good old-fashioned big time hooley is forecast to be on the way from the west.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...