Way too bright and sunny first thing this morning for mega exciting passage at Marshside, even so, a constant chirrupping and bleeping of Skylarks and Mipits overhead, with titmice flocks, Jays etc around the golf course early doors, when the errant shots of lousy golfers weren't keeping me on my toes.
Big nos (2,000+) of Pinkies on the outer marsh, with small groups drifting inland from 8.30am onward.
Chaffinch, Grey Wagtail and Reed Bunting going through too, while the Sandplant compound held the usual finch flock (mainly Goldfinch, with Gringoes and Linnets), much Mipitry, Robins, Wren and a Wheatear.
All spooked by one of the local Kestrels, and several walkers insisting on using the raised boundaries of the site as a path - so sticking out like a sore thumb...(fieldcraft whinge over)
At least a colour ringed Blackwit was at the bottom of Marshside One with the flock:
Left leg: Yellow over white
Right leg: Red over red flag.
I'll send the Godwit details off to the wader boffins and let you know where that one has been later.
One or two Ruff in with the flock too.
Didn't get a chance to get down to Nels, but the water level seemed pretty high after the recent rains - Little Egrets looked particularly pleased with themselves.
Thanks, before I forget, to Ron Jackson who sent me this link to his video of Spotted Redshanks at Nels recently.
All the Lapwings and Starlings flushed off Marshside Two by a passing Peregrine, but most of the Wigeon and Teal stayed put.
A Common Buzzard was hovering about over Churchtown as I left, panicking yet more birdies over on the landward edge of the reserve, but no more so than the opportunist GBBs.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...