Got down to Marshside with Bazzo for an hour or two this afternoon in appalling conditions - a driving rain and a force six south westerly slamming into the site.
Most critters were taking cover, although a Common Sand was in front of Sandgrounders, where the Avocets closed their eyes in the rain, presumably working on the theory that when they open them again, the weather may have improved.
This one was trying to keep newly hatched young dry.
Down at Nels, at least 100 Dunlin were whirring about - good to see them starting to come through in numbers now, with the Little Stint playing hide and seek in the tussocks, and at least one Curlew Sandpiper feeding in the shallows.
Ringed Plover coming through with the Dunlin today too.
Two or three White Wagtails and saturated Meadow Pipits.
The 3 Garganey had been seen earlier, but were out of sight when we arrived, which seemed sensible given the conditions.
No sign of a new Spotted Redshank seen earlier on Marshside One either, but a good few waders had moved south of Nels into that difficult to watch part of M1 between there and Hesketh Road.
At least the Common Swifts are finally back around Dempsey Towers again.
If this lousy weather holds, the tides at the end of the week could be good for seawatching.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...