For fairly obvious neotropical reasons, I'm finding it a little hard to get too excited about the onset of spring at home this year; but it's coming back to me, slowly but surely.
Good day today, when I was charged with showing a group of Italian students (ciao, Genoa) the coastline.
Fine male Snow Bunting, still with a bit of winter brown, but otherwise nearly pure black and white, was feeding in the strandline halfway along the Green Beach, with Ringed Plover, Shelduck, Lapwing and a fair few singing Skylarks there.
Small parties of Mipits and Pied Wagtails were moving north during the day, with at least 21 Mipits and 5 Pied Wags feeding on the grassy area to the south of Shore Road, Ainsdale, and others elsewhere.
43+ Goldeneye were still on Crosby Marina, until they all took flight and jumped the fence towards Seaforth at about 1pm and small numbers of gulls, mainly Herrings in full summer plumage, were on the water there.
Up at Marshside, two Sand Martins went through, and the Green Winged Teal was still playing hide and seek from the platform on Hesketh Road.
Little Egret, Avocet, prospecting Oycs etc all on site too.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...