Scrutinising every cow on Rimmers and Suttons Marsh as the light faded, failed to reveal any suspicious looking white blobs in attendance, so I drew a blank on the Cattle Egret late this afternoon at Marshside - hardly surprising, it was probably tucked up asleep somewhere.
On the upside, the Water Rail was happily feeding below the Sandgrounders Hide - a shame there wasn't enough light for any decent pics, but that's dusk for you!
Apparently the bird had been out for most of the afternoon - this critter is worth spending a bit of quiet time with, a great character.
Green Winged Teal has been seen again too I believe - anyone know anything about that? Or indeed, where the Cattle Egret has been lurking?
Plenty of wildfowl dozing away, and Blackwits, Curlew, Ruff and Lapwing - all very peaceful.
There weren't too many geese about, until that is, three Euro-fighters roared up on a test flight from Warton, arcing high over the estuary and sending at least 6,000 Pinkies into the air from their roosting grounds on the mudflats.
Not so peaceful after all.
Eight distant swans came up off the outer marsh too - in the fading light they looked like Whoopers.
They made a grumpy beeline inland towards Martin Mere.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...