Always get a bit "bird lethargic" after a good period of seawatching, but the Migrant Hawkers and Greater 'Peckers arriving at Dempsey Towers over the last day or two, prompted me into a bit of autumn action today.
In between doing the kinda stupid things that get in the way of birding, I nipped down to Nels Hide this afternoon for an hour....I hoped that the slow moving wall of rain that trundled in from the south west might just ground something, but it was not to be.
Loadsa of Blackwits there, Lapwing and Ruff, with three post-airshow Spotted Redshanks, two adults and a youngster to my eye.
A female Sprawk and an opportunist GBB spooked the waders once or twice, and small groups of Pinkies kept coming in from the north-west.
Plenty of autumn wildfowl now - Wigeon, Teal, Gadwall, Shoveler etc etc, mostly in manky eclipsy plumage and numerous Migrant Hawkers.
Many thanks to Ron Jackson for sending me a link to his footage of the juv Pec Sand (with Curlew Sands etc) in front of Nels last week...you can watch it here.
Feel like we're due another good Yankee wader yet, with the on-form Hesketh Out Marsh favourite to score BIG.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...