Plenty of birds on the move this morning in the bright conditions, with three Jays swooping and flopping about thro' the garden at Dempsey Towers, and a further four over the Coast Road between Ainsdale and Birkdale later in the morning.
A Wheatear was at the beach entrance at Southport, and Mipits and Skylarks called overhead in the big blue.
Chris Tynan had Grey Wagtail and Greater 'Pecker through the dunes at Formby, and I had a Blackcap at the end of Lifeboat Road (the bushes there look so promising at the moment), with Robins and titmice.
A cracking male Stonechat was in the buckthorn scrub behind the Ranger skipyard at Ainsdale in the afternoon, but by the time I could take a break, the skies had clouded over and things were quietening down - the regular Starlings and Reed Bunting were the only things showing, save a Dunnock (always a good bet to get the pulse racing when seen badly at this time of year).
Took a few shots of the Starlings - they look so good in autumn (no I haven't been drinking sea water again) - especially when there's nowt else to concentrate on.
And thanks to Phil Boardman for this pic of one of the Water Rails at Marshside, taken on Sunday morning from Nels Hide.
You can see more of his pix on his flickr stream here
As every birder south of Inverness is doubtless scanning the skies at present in case the Sandhill Crane reappears (fat chance), I think I'll get my seawatching troosers back on - it's looking good for Saturday...
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...