A flying visit down to Marshside this afternoon, on "Wild Merseyside" business - latest batch at the Sandgrounders hide has sold out, so thanks for everyone who is still buying copies.
There are still 8 copies left at In Focus at Martin Mere, if you are still looking for a copy.
Anyway, I had a quick look at the puddle immediately behind the southern gates of the old Sandplant compound, which is attracting good numbers of Meadow Pipits (up to 30 in the area), Reed Buntings, Linnets and Pied Wagtail.
If you sit quietly on the outside looking in as it were, you get great views of the birds as they come down to the shallow puddle.
Who knows what may drop in there over the coming weeks?
The Mipits were picking up plenty of midgy insects, while the Linnets use the water for bathing rather than feeding.
Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler still around Sandgrounders HIde and the lagoon, but not so many hirundines or Swifts about today.
Three Kestrels feeding over the marsh north of the Sandplant, with a calling Whimbrel overhead and going south.
Curlew on the meadows etc.
Otherwise, eclipse ducks and squadrons of ferals.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...