No fewer than six Willow Warblers duelling over territory round the Sands Lake this evening, their songs rebounding off each other mainly on the west side of the water. Swallows hawking about too.
Seemed to be quite a few of the latter heading north today, which made a nice change, given that they all seemed to be going in the right direction.
Also 4 Whimbrel on the tidal channels at Formby Point in the morning and another 4 (probably the same birds) over the high tide at the southern end of Ainsdale beach.
9 Little Gulls in the rips off Formby Point at high tide, and 3 Eiders (2m, 1f) north past there.
A pair of Sandwich Terns on the tide line north of Freshfield.
Finally seemed to be a few birds on the move today.
Meanwhile thanks to Mike Bird for these shots of a Harlequin (ladybird, not duck) he found last week (Apr 10-11).
"Great weekend hunting Ladybirds in and around Marshside", Mike explained.
"On the trees by the Municipal Golf Course. Many 2- Spot with some having colour variations, Plenty of 10 -spot also with some having colour variations. Pine Ladybirds, and a few Cream-spot, 7 and 11- spot and 19 -spot Water Ladybird. I also found a Harlequin ( f. spectabilis form) black with 4 red- spots. (See photos.)"
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...