Well that was an interesting morning at Marshside!!
Fairly quiet until Bazzo and I got into Nels hide and after ogling the Goldies and Little Stint, I picked up a small lark at about 350 yds in front of the relic dunes.
I 'scoped it and 'scoped it as it showed a big supercilium, dark line behind the eye and no crest.
Interesting - the more that I looked at it, the happier I was that it was a Woodlark - the super seemed to join behind the head, it had a fine bill, the underwings looked dark as it flapped them and the black and white diagnostic markings appeared visible on the wing on a few occasions.
It was dwarfed by nearby Skylarks.
Way too far off to get any decent pictures as you can see.
Put the news out and the hide filled with people getting long distance views of the bird.
The lark finally flew and it showed white outer tail feathers - ruling out Woodlark (and the Short Toed Lark, that some folk were mooting) and making it undoubtedly the runtiest of runt Skylarks that I've ever seen.
Sorry sorry sorry everyone!!!!
Prior to this embarrassing episode, the area had been fairly quiet - singing Chiffchaff on the golf course and in the remaining bushes at the Sandplant, and five Wheatears around the point, but no hirundines.
Plenty of Little Egrets, Avocets etc about, with the Blackwits really coming into summer plumage now.
One White Wagtail at the back of the Sandplant and a singing Willow Warbler in the SSSI ditch.
Back to the drawing board.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...