A pair of Marshside Oystercatchers were setting up home on the island in front of Sandgrounders this afternoon - hardly the smartest move after the predation of the Avocet nests there previously (no finger pointing, but those two GBBs on the Sandplant lagoon look mighty shifty!)
The Oycs may fare better than the Avocets, but I have my doubts.
I suspect they have as much chance as the Peregrines in the town centre this Spring.
Apparently the Avos at Martin Mere have taken a hammering too this year.
Five new Avocet nests now on the island in front of Nels, some with eggs, others just at the scrape stage, with birds yelping and mating in the shallows.
Someone really should tell them that once you lay eggs, you're supposed to sit on them, not beside them.
This bird did finally wake up and actually try to brood the eggs, but not for a good 20 minutes as another May rain shower swept in on the south westerly. Not much else from Nels - about 40 Dunlin and a roost of 150 or so Blackwits, but the recent downpours mean the water level is kinda high for interesting small waders at the moment.
The male Garganey was still on the Junction Pool, and the white bellied Common Swift was tazzing about, while south of the Sandplant, still six Wheatears and a few Meadow Pipits.
While I'm on the subject of the Sandplant, thanks to Simon Glinn, who sent me an account of his latest experiences trying to find out what's happening.
Fox Brothers trucks shifting lorry loads of sand today, but it still ain't looking any prettier...
The Sandplant site is up for discussion at the Southport Area Committee Meeting at Southport Town Hall on Wednesday evening at 6.30pm.
You can download the latest report from the planning department here.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...