I reckon I've got the experience for it now, having stared at loads more empty soil again on Plex this afternoon, in the hope a trip of Dotterel would drop in.
They didn't, but all this field scouring will pay off if they come winging in while I'm sitting there one day...shame it's such a big if.
I'm now on first name terms with every Lapwing, Oystercatcher and Stock Dove out there after the last few weeks.
A female Merlin was hunting over the ploughed fields today, effectively scotching any chance of the beauties coming calling.
Dotterels may have a reputation for being stupid, but they're not that stupid.
Plex was a bit quieter this afternoon, the wind was blowing across the landscape and the cloud kept a few songsters quiet.
Still Whimbrel opposite the Cheshire Lines cycle path, and a smaller group further out onto the moss, but Wheatears were few and far between in comparison to the last week.
Buzzard, Corn Bunting etc as usual, but the Haskayne Cutting wasn't bad, with three singing Whitethroat, a single rattling Lesser Whitethroat at the south end and a fly-over Yellow Wagtail.
Yellowhammers and Reed Buntings singing away there too.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...