Leaden grey sky in between the cold rain, grey mudflats, brown marsh - boy you know when November comes!
Popped down to Marshside this afternoon around dusk, more for some fresh air than anything else.
Up to 8 Little Egrets on Marshside Two, with a patchy carpet of grazing Wigeon stretching from Crossens down to Hesketh Road, Pintail, Shoveler, Gadwall, Teal etc.
A juv male Ruddy Duck moulting into adult plumage on the Sandplant pool, and small flocks of Blackwits, Lapwing and Goldies zipping about, with a few Ruff here and there.
Could just be me, but there seem to be fewer Shelducks around at the moment, even allowing for winter movements. A Magpie or two were foraging in front of the Sandgrounders Hide, but disappointingly, there was no sign of the Water Rail...
On the outer marsh a dashing Merlin livened things up a bit and there were about 1,000 Pink Feet down near the mudlfats, until they were spooked by a helicopter.
Single Stonechat on the fenceposts north of the remains of the Sandplant compound and Skylarks and Meadow Pipits here and there.
A hunting Kestrel looked woefully bedraggled in the fading light, I wished it luck and headed for home.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...