Unceasing murky grey and near constant rain made Marshside a depressing prospect today - still at least it meant the place was rather quiet, and I had the hides pretty much to myself.
Not a great deal to look at unfortunately, although in the dingy conditions good numbers of Wigeon were grazing M2 and a small gull roost was there too.
Lapwings, Golden Plover, Curlews and wildfowl were habitually spooked by sinister GBBs happily patrolling while the raptors were grounded by the rain, and there were plenty of Snipe about.
Not too many Pink Feet about while I was there - but some large skeins in the air over the mosses in the distance.
A single Little Egret was just past Polly's Pool, but I'm sure there were more about.
Just to the north of the Sandgrounders Hide, a Water Rail wandered out of cover once or twice, but never hung around for too long, the marshy area is perfect for them now.
Hopefully it'll be a bit drier tomorrow - it's seawatching time!
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...