Spent an hour at Marshside this afternoon in the warm October sun - a few hundred geese about on Marshside One, while in front of Sandgrounders Hide, this Sparrowhawk was tucking into lunch to the massed "ooos" and "ahhhs" of the visiting Doncaster RSPB group.
A Merlin was perched up further back on M2, and Peregrine/GBB/Microlites spooked the waders on several occasions revealing good numbers of Lapwing, Blackwit, Golden Plover, Snipe and even a Ruff or two.
I suppose I should have been looking for the Desert Wheatear down at Crosby Beach, but it was nicer sitting on the Sandplant compound sides and scouring the outer marsh pondering this and that.
Flushed by a group walking round the point, 6 Grey Partridges whirred off over the marsh and a pair of Stonechats were whistling and chacking away below me.
Out on Crossens Marsh, the Harris Hawk was making a foray away from its usual Banks haunts, and there were at least 6 Little Egrets dotted about the place.
Skylarks, Mipits and wagtails overhead, with three Common Buzzards drifting south over Dempsey Towers first thing this morning.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...