The clouds cleared long enough for an hour or two at Marshside today; I got there after the tide, which although a big 'un, hadn't covered the marsh.
Plenty of Blackwits, Goldies and Lapwing with a scattering of Little Egrets on the inland side, while over the other side of the road, good numbers of Pink Feet were poking their heads up out of the marsh grasses.
The damp morning meant most raptors weren't in the best of shape for hunting - one of the resident Kestrels was trying to dry itself out, just north of the Sandplant.
A Rock Pipit was calling over the marsh here too as I wandered up to join SiG and Bones on the remains of the Sandplant walls - a bird that used to be fairly frequent, but is scarcer now.
Further out, Merlin and Sprawk were cruising, while the two Short Eared Owls were in the usual place.
Very pleasant scanning the marsh as the sun sank.
One of the owls (the richer coloured of the two) went up high, about 100ft to "shadow" a circling Carrion Crow - the owl didn't mob the corvid, preferring to keep its distance, but mirrored its every movement with slow wing flaps until the crow cleared off.
More Little Egrets on the outer marsh, with good numbers of Wigeon and Pintail in the shallows.
Song Thrush, Dunnock and Reed Bunting in the remains of the Sandplant compound, and growing numbers of roosting Pochard and Tufties on the lagoon.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...