Another fine morning on the coast today, although not much out of the ordinary - a few Jays squawking about, Greater 'Pecker, Grey Wags and parties of Mipits as visitors came to take in the last bits of warm(ish) sunny for the year.
Magpies foraging as usual, with mewing Buzzard and a party of Stonechats down at Cabin Hill.
Still Sarnie Terns in the resting gulls at Ainsdale, and a good wader roost between there and Weld Rd, with several Common Darters in the embryo dunes.
Same old, same old it's true, but a whole lot less pain than that suffered by the poor souls in empidonax torment and shingle in the socks hell at Blakeney...thank God for the ringers of Nanjizal two years ago is all I can say.
Away from mindblowing Yankees (nope, I still can't stop drooling over the thought of the Tiree Parula), thanks to Mike Bird who has sent me this sequence of shots showing the variations in Harlequin Ladybird - big, bad and here to stay.
Mike found all these around the Marshside area on Sept 18th.
If they were big enough they'd eat you - and you thought empidonax were hard.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...