Plenty of birds on the move today, with Bazzo's White Stork being the highlight, but before that big 'un, passers were pushing through north right along the coast with Tree Pipit and a few Siskins joining an early movement of Swallows and Sand Martins along the dunes at Ainsdale.
Even when the coast got busy (and believe me, it got busy), there were still Wheatears around Weld Road, and Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Whitethroat in song at Sands Lake.
Speckled Wood out here, alongside Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell.
A fine, but tired flock of 6 Yellow Wagtails, 15 White Wags and 20+ Mipits were out on the beach between Ainsdale and BIrkdale, looking knackered, and often sitting still for long periods before forays after insects.
The Yellow Wags positively glowed against the sand.
Ringed Plover and Dunlin out here too of course, and two fine powder blue male Sprawks chasing each other over the dunes, while the female circled above them, presumably selecting a mate...
After work, I popped up to Marshside for a quick look around the Sandplant - a lurvely male Whinchat was here, with more Swallows moving through, small groups of Golden Plover scooting about and a few Wheatears.
Spent a peaceful hour or so checking the compound with Si Glinn and Django the dog, before heading for the hills.
Loadsa Little Egrets on the outer marsh, and marauding GBBs still - obviously not frightened of Llamas.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...