...and although the crazy drive north to catch up with the Caerlaverock bird, and the game of sardines in the tower hide before Mr Flappy showed was a hoot three years ago, it would have been sheer rudeness not to pop down to Seaforth this afternoon and catch up with this mega wader again - especially as it was only a few feet away on the inlet to the east of the main hide.
Such a gentle looking wader on those ridiculous Peter Crouch legs, but interesting to see that purplish flush to the chest on this bird, maybe I should get round to calling it White Tailed Lapwing after all.
Only the third time I've seen this species, and certainly the best views, so thanks to finders etc behind the fence...
Lots of folk 'scoping it from outside too, but obviously the views were distant compared to the lucky few behind the screens in the reserve, and the bird was often hidden behind a bank.
At least those outside the perimeter fence got to admire 70+ Swifts feeding low to the water of Crosby Marine Lake at point blank range while the Plover/Lapwing was out of sight.
But really, isn't it about time to scrap the ridiculous permit system now???
Or does Mersey Docks and Harbour Board still fear the threat of birder terrorism so much.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...