Thanks to Graham, Ralph and Mike, who kept me updated with texts during the morning as to the wherabouts of the Long Billed Dow at Marshside today - this allowed Duncan Rothwell and I to swan up at lunchtime and have a good butchers.
Feeding away on Junction Pool with that typical "sewing machine" dowitcher action, a first winter bird I think, and either the second or third I've seen on the marsh now.
Always good to have a yankee on the marsh, and the bird drew a fair crowd today.
Elsewhere, a steady passage of mipits and wagtails south early doors and in the afternoon, a single Curlew Sandpiper in with a few Dunlin and Ringed Plover on the beach between Ainsdale and Birkdale.
This was before a Eurofighter ripped the sky to shreds with engines louder than Lemmy Kilminster...ah, the joys of the airshow, coming to Southport's skies for the next 48 hours.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...