Good roost developing on the shore over rising tide north of Cabin Hill today - hopefully it will stay good all week thanks to decent tides.
Checked it out occasionally during the late morning while I worked near Albert Road, as growing numbers of Sandwich and Common Terns joined brick-red Knot and Barwits.
Several hundred Dunlin with Sanderling, Grey Plovers etc.
Better quality lurked amongst the regulars though - two superb full summer adult Little Gulls and a fine adult summer Med Gull stuck around for a few hours.
Best and briefest was a gorgeous Black Tern that came in low to the flat calm water and bathed for a minute or so in the shallows before flying out to sea again.
Another full summer plumage stonker, and always a nice species to catch up with on the coast.
Gannets feeding offshore and plenty of Grey Seals.
Less successful dealing with life in the tidal zone were these dogfish I bumped into in a channel north of Freshfield on Friday.
These two are very dead, but one bigger fish was still alive and I managed to carry it out to the sea and release it - that'll teach 'em to chase shoals of smaller fishies into shallow water....
Away "dahn sarf" over the weekend, with rien de birding, although incidental Hobby, Little Owl, Green Woodpecker and a wing-tagged Red Kite (the latter over the A14 in Cambridgeshire) were good.
Decided to check out the slacks after work today and found 16 Dune Helleborine flower spikes during a quick search north of the Sands Lake.
I don't doubt there were more.
It doesn't feel like summer until I've poked around a few orchids - plenty of Marsh Helleborines out of course, with Grass of Parnassus, Wintergreen etc and another of those confusing white form marsh orchid hybridy things.
Best thing to do with these is photograph 'em, then run away and hope Phil Smith can tell me what it is!
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...