Went for a stroll round Marshside this afternoon - nice and quiet, amd quieter still when the afternoon mega-monsoon kicked in, but luckily I was in Nels by that time.
Clearly plenty of Pink Feet about - at least 350 grazing on Crossens Inner, with more flying in throughout the afternoon, and a clear increase in manky eclipse ducks too - Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Pintail, Shoveler, Mallard, all looking like they could do with a lick of paint.
A few Snipe probed the mud round Sandgrounders Hide, when they weren't throwing daft shapes.
Amongst the 100 or so Blackwits on Polly's Pool, there were between 10 and 15 Ruff and a single Dunlin, but no sign of any Yankee waders, despite the massive countrywide influx.
Sigh, one day....
The Sandplant compound held several parties of Meadow Pipit and two Wheatear, together with the autumn finch flock, and bizarrely, two Curlew.
Good numbers of hirundines were hawking along the banks, and a Little Egret was on the Junction Pool.
As I wandered down to Nels, the skies darkened and the deluge was unleashed on the strengthening south easterly moments after I got into the hide.
Plenty of Lapwing, Blackwits, a small gull roost and eight Pinkies from the hide, but it was all very murky in the impressive downpour.
One of the Blackwits was colour ringed, I'm pretty sure it was the bird Graham Clarkson sent the gen off on earlier in the week, but I include a blurry blow-up just in case.
With the rain bouncing off the hide, the water and the birds, even the Pinkies looked a bit uneasy - and they spend the summer in Iceland.
I waited awhile after the rain eased, sadly nothing out of the ordinary dropped in....but the autumn is still young.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...