Not much time for birding today, but a quick walk round the Sands Lake at Ainsdale this morning before the rain was mighty encouraging; large numbers of migrants had clearly arrived overnight, with five singing Willow Warblers (and at least another six birds chasing insects around the budding bushes), two singing Chiffchaffs and a singing Blackcap.
I know they're not mega or anything, but it's great to hear the Willow Warblers finally singing en masse - the place was echoing with their song - tops!
Less obliging were the Dabchicks - they never sit still for a picture.
Whatever, if anyone asks I'll just say it's modern art.
About 30 Tufties still around, but only one male Shoveler that I could see.
Plenty of Herring Gulls of varying ages, which were somewhat easier to take pix of.
On the beach, at least 16 White Wagtails were grounded by the rain when Mrs D and I took a soggy Good Friday promenade, with two Grey Wags through and small parties of Meadow Pipits moving north.
Loadsa Sanderling and Ringed Plover of course.
Back at Dempsey Towers, two singing Willow Warblers and a singing Blackcap as I write this.
Early doors tomorrow could be very good.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...