Enjoyed a peaceful hour or so at Marshside this evening, as the dark clouds threw a big moody blanket over a day of blazing sunshine.
Whole place was pretty serene, apart from the midge-tastic insect assault around the Sandplant walls.
Just one Wheatear out there, with a few Mipits, Kestrel and plenty of Swifts hawking overhead.
Greenshank calling far out on the outer marsh, but it was hard to hear over the yelping Redshanks, and the female Marsh Harrier was still quartering about up near Crossens, putting the fear of God into the young Starlings which are starting to flock on the outer marsh now.
Peregrine out there too, but only one Avocet in front of Sandgrounders - the rest were down on Rimmers Marsh/Marshside One leaving a brood of six young Shelducks to milk the "ahhh" factor on Suttons/Marshside Two.
Whitethroat and Sedgies blasting away, and plenty of Blackwits about.
Earlier I got in a quick seawatch over the high tide from Ainsdale during my lunch break, even though the beach was mobbed with Bank Holiday crowds soaking up the sunshine, and leaving me lots of litter to clear up.
Not surprisingly in such benign conditions, there wasn't much moving offshore, but I still managed six Gannets and a single close in Fulmar alongside the regular Sandwich Terns and Cormorants.
Most unexpected sight today as I drove up the beach in the Land Rover was a Painted Lady fluttering north over the sand - which makes a nice change.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...