Inspired by Graham's excellent morning at Marshside today (see comment on previous entry), I went for a walk on the Green Beach for an hour or so this afternoon.
Plenty of singing Willow Warblers and a female Blackcap around the Sands Lake as I walked down towards the beach.
More striking was the heavy passage of hirundines skimming north - mainly Swallows, with fewer Sand and House Martins, the little beauties were whizzing through in small groups all the time I was on the coast - great to see.
Aside from the usual Skylarks, Mipits and Reed Buntings, at least eight Wheatears along the track, with many conveniently perching up in the hazel scrub as I walked along.
All males apart from one single female.
Sparrowhawk circling over the dunes, and about halfway between Ainsdale and Birkdale, a Grasshopper Warbler reeling away from the slacks just inland.
I got some good, but brief views of him, before he switched into Locustella mode and went all anti-social.
Lovely male Stonechat nearby and a few Siskins passing overhead amongst the pipits and hirundines.
I left the Gropper in peace - presumably the one Phil Smith reported earlier this week?
Cuckoo Flower blooming in patches down there now, and on the way back, at least 17 alba wags feeding and resting along the tideline as the Swallows zoomed by.
If this weather system continues, there could be even more birds about tomorrow.
Really good to see things moving in numbers at last.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...