Got down to Marshside today just before the height of the tide, only for the heavens to open and much rain lash down.
Arrived at Nels a good deal damper than I started out, and was joined by Bazzo on WeBs duties. He was equally soaked.
On the up side, thousands of gulls were roosting on Marshside One, hunkered down out of the wind.
Occasionally they all took to the air, most notably when an orange balloon blew through on the gusts.
Certainly 10,000 gulls there this afternoon, possibly more, and the majority were BHGs.
It took an alarmingly long time scanning the flock before Bazzo picked out an adult winter Med Gull, which you can just see in this blow-up, all carrotty bill and white primaries - thought there would have been more of 'em about today.
Pintail, Wigeon, Teal etc bustling around the sheltered edges, with Pinkies close to the road on the outer marsh, just south of the Sandplant, otherwise very, very damp.
Earlier Weld Rd had a fringe of roosting gulls on the rising tide, and a buzzy flock of distant finches that were probably Twite _ Ralph Jones had 60 Twite on the slipway north of Southport Pier yesterday morning.
Finally MANY APOLOGIES (altho' it should be the boffins responsible for this bloody software saying "sorry", not me) to anyone who has tried to post a comment on the blog over the last few days - the thing is goosed again.
I'll let you all know when it's working again, and you can thrill me with your news, until then amigos,
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...