In between bouts of queuing to get into car parks or served at tills, I called in to Marshside this morning , but the strengthening south westerly was keeping things down - plenty of Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Pintail etc, but mostly asleep on Marshside Two.
A few Little Egrets about, and the Greater Black Backed Gulls sparking a dread amongst the waders every time they came lumbering in.
On the Sandplant lagoon up to 35 Pochards dozing away and smaller numbers of Tufties, with Little Grebe, Grey Heron etc.
Best bird was undoubtedly the fine male Hen Harrier sweeping up and down the outer marsh - a beauty that at times came quite close to the road, rising high as the wind gusted.
Merlin out there too, with about 1,000 Pink Feet bobbing up and down in the vegetation.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...