Quick look over Plex Moss this afternoon reaped dividends after the weekly shop nightmare - torrential rain battered the fields, but tremendously, I came across another trip of 13 Dotterels in the same field as earlier in the week.
Seven females in with 'em as they sheltered from the pummelling rain...watched 'em for about 20 mins then put the news out on Birdline Ted again.
At the risk of sounding like a scratched record, please stay in your cars while watching these birds, they really are flighty.
They fluttered across the track a few times into the ploughed field on the other side of the road, but generally returned to the long furrowed field to the north of Plex Moss Lane.
Even lolloping Brown Hares and Lapwings spooked 'em.
Presumably the remnants of the flock earlier in the week, but with the downpour, they could just be a new trip forced down by the weather.
Impossible to get decent pix, as the wind was shaking the car and the rain was really battering down, but these birds are so cool, who cares?
Watched 'em for an hour or so, then had to head home with the rapidly defrosting shopping in the boot.
28 Dotterels in total on Plex in a week - not bad at all!
Few Wheatears out there too, but it was really another fabulous Dotterel afternoon!
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...