Things started well enough today with a Ring Ouzel heading south at Formby Point while I was working down there mid-morning, and a trickle of Mipits that all seemed to be going south too.
Always suspected Rouzels around the Point and Cabin Hill of being spring overshoots from North Wales back in the days when they were slightly more regular early morning along the coast - I figured they may have flown too far over Liverpool Bay, and reorientated back towards Snowdonia once they realised their mistake in daylight...they invariably seemed to take off and head strongly to the south west, and this morning's bird fitted that pattern quite nicely.
Male Peregrine hunting around the beach south of Ainsdale.
When the day brightened in the early afternoon the Swallows started to come through - with a party of four birds and two singletons tazzing north over the dunes, while Duncan Rothwell had two Sand Martins over the Sands Lake.
So far, so good, so after work I took a turn around the Sands Lake, just as the evening rain set in.
It was very, very quiet - one bedraggled Chiffchaff gamely hunting insects on the west side, and that was about it, apart from the regulars - nesting Mute Swan, yikkering Little Grebes etc.
Better weather over the next few days should finally see the migrants moving in earnest (I hope).
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...