Conditions were very encouraging this morning - a bit of rain and plenty of cloud, with a nice north easterly blasting over the place, so Tropical, Bazzo and I had a look round the golf course and Marshside early on.
At least 7 singing Willow Warblers and three Chiffchaffs, plus four Blackcaps and a few Siskins between Hesketh Road and Marshside Road, with Swallows sweeping north fairly regularly through the rain.
The female Ruddy Duck was off the Hesketh Road platform again and a single Tree Pipit called over our heads here, before diving into the bushes of the Municipal Golf Course.
Four Wheatear and a Willow Warbler around the Sandplant, and brief snatches of Whitethroat song north of Sandgrounders Hide (where I note "Wild Merseyside" is still selling nicely - thank to everyone buying it - only nine copies left in there now!).
Hordes of Avocets here of course, and Bazzo had a Sedge Warbler in the bushes at the Marshside Road junction.
A few parties of White Wags headed north.
As Trops headed off for a hearty breakfast, Bazzo and I sauntered down to Nels, where a young Peregrine was putting the fear of God into the Blackwits, whooshing into them time and time again, before it singled out a victim and both birds disappeared to view over the road out onto the outer marsh.
Peregrine 1, Blackwit 0 I fear.
Plenty of Ruff coming into summer plumage now, and a few Golden Plover dropped in to say hello.
The rain lifted nearer 10am and a steady stream of House Martins with a few Swallows began to head north - I wonder if that was the same pulse that held Wirral's Red Rumped Swallow today?
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...