Always nice to get an unexpected bird at Marshside and at 11.50am today, that's just what I got.
I'd settled down in Sandgrounders Hide, when a Coot flushed two crakes out from the bank on the left - first was a Water Rail, but the second, which dropped into the vegetation on the other side of the channel was a cross-looking young Spotted Crake when I got my bins on it.
Saw it well enough to eliminate Sora - bill colour, little white spots, head pattern etc
Managed a few record shots before it melted away into the reedstems.
Sneaky little weasel.
A few hundred of Pinkies about and Kestrel and Merlin on the outer marsh.
The Sandplant compound had plenty of Robins and Blackbirds, with Mipits and Skylarks overhead.
Graham Moreton had the Arctic Skua in front of Nels, so I checked to see if it had floated down to Hesketh Road again - it hadn't.
Couldn't stay long - boats to book and adventures to be had for Marshside's finest.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...