Got down to Marshside for a few hours this afternoon, my plan being that the showers would ground something mega - this didn't pan out, but the reserve was on good form anyway.
Spent an hour or so sitting in the Sandplant compound - nothing startling, but plenty of Linnets, 5 Skylarks, Mipits and 3 female Wheatears.
Whimbrel drifting off the outer estuary, but only a few, while good numbers of hirundines were hawking about low, as were Swifts. House Sparrow having a break from the housing estate too.
On the north side still good numbers of Common Blues out, although some are pretty raggedy arsed now.
Plenty of marsh orchid spikes pushing up through the grass on Marshside Two amongst the Avocets and Lapwings.
A fine Spotted Redshank was on the Junction Pool feeding just under the flaps, when it wasn't being hassled by a Coot.
A bit scruffy now perhaps, but it'll be a stonker soon.
Nels was good too, with the Dunlin flock feeding very close to the hide on the shrinking pools of water and creeks.
About 50 Dunlins and a nice Little Stint with 'em, which wandered right under the hide once or twice, making a pleasant change from the usually more distant views you get of this species here.
Curlew Sand with the flock as well, quite a pale bird compared to some of the advanced individuals of the last week or so.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...