Calling into Marshside for an hour or two late this afternoon seemed a sensible option, with the tempting south easterly still blowing, but rain set in fairly soon.
At least three Little Egrets on Marshside Two, where a lovely juv Merlin zipped in to put the willies up the host of Blackwits and Lapwings, as if they weren't jittery enough.
Curlews and a few Golden Plover in the long vegetation of the inland marsh, but as the rain started, small groups of Snipe began to drop in - as you would expect at this time of the year.
Wildfowl-wise Teal and Wigeon numbers steadily growing too, but I couldn't see or hear any Pink Feet.
Drake Ruddy Duck on the Sandplant lagoon.
Meadow Pipits calling over what's left of the Sandplant Compound now, with Blackbird, Wren and two Goldcrests in the island of greenery at the tip that is the remains of the Forest of Bale.
Ironically all the digging means the forest isn't quite as impenetrable as it used to be, so you can see what's moving through it...I don't know how much longer it'll be there for though....
A Greenshank called overhead and in the brambles, nettles and bindweed on the southern side a single Whitethroat was shimmying through the undergrowth, feeding away in a world of its own, and a blur through a camera lens....
Blackwits were feeding busily just under the Hesketh Road platform, with more Snipe there and Wigeon dropping in in small groups.
Over the Hesketh Golf Course a swarm of about 100 hirundines were feeding.
I watched the Hobby bait for about 20 minutes, but nothing showed, so called it a day.
Tides are pretty good this week, but as long as the wind stays in the S/SE I think we can forget any chance of Leach's Petrels for awhile yet.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies....