Day off today, so I nipped down to Cabin Hill for a quick circuit round the site in bright August sunshine before the cloud rolled back in again.
Nothing spectacular, but at least it's starting to feel a bit more autumnal now, with several Chiffchaffs in the the willows and Jay there alongside one or two titmice flocks.
Buzzard, Kestrel and Sprawk all up, and easy to locate thanks to the local Jackdaw population which battered hell out of any passing raptor on a regular basis, a particularly pale Common Buzzard getting the worst of it.
You could hear the poor thing's pitiful wailing above the din of the Jackdaws from a quarter of a mile.
Common Blues and Gatekeepers around the fading August flora, although the Harebells and Sea Holly are still good.
Out on the beach the regular Linnets were bounding about the strandline, with three young Wheatears there too.
Spent a bit of time with them, trying to get some pix in the shimmer, but it wasn't easy.
Crept and crawled about on the sand and managed to get reasonably close.
Whimbrel on the upper shoreline briefly before some cyclists sent it off back out onto the low tideline which seemed a million miles away over the sun-bleached sand.
Too far to wander out there today, so I just stuck with the Wheatears, real characters.
Equally characterful, but in the grumpy stakes, was this Natterjack, looking like he had the hangover from hell.
Is it me, or are all Natterjack Toads the spitting image of Winston Churchill?
Walked back off the site down Range Lane, then headed up to Marshside for a quick shufty.
Blackwits roosting on the Sandplant lagoon, and 13 Curlews off Sandgrounders.
Polly's Pool had a flock of 93 Lapwing and four Ruff, but otherwise the reserve was still a bit, well...
Never mind, it can only get better as autumn progresses.
Tides are excellent from Sunday, so keep you fingers crossed for a decent blow.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...