Lured back out onto the coast after work this evening by the bright, warm sunshine, and decided to check out the area north of Weld Road.
Unfortunately, my arrival coincided with a mass hatching of blackflies, midges and all manner of bitey unpleasantness, and after about five minutes I was getting distinctly angry with the Mipits, Pied Wags and Wheatear, which were clearly not eating insects quickly enough....come on guys, you're on passage, you should be stocking up and ridding the marsh of Mr and Mrs Itchy.
About 15 pipits on the short turf around the shallow puddles, but all resolutely Mipits, although they did look nice in the evening light.
A stunning mirage offshore saw the horizon appear to stretch miles past the rig for a change, but mirages are not that uncommon at sea here.
Linnet flock held about 20 birds in two small groups, but they were flighty as usual.
Earlier in the day, plenty of Little Egrets north of the pier on the rising tide, and Pinkies on the morning commute inland.
The slacks at Ainsdale were disappointingly quiet apart from a Migrant Hawker during an unplanned afternoon litter pick, but the Grass of Parnassus is still flowering away and glowing white in the autumn greenery.
At Dempsey Towers this evening, a Stock Dove was lurking in next door's birch tree - good to see 'em back again.
Party of Long Tailed Tits in the Sycamores too.
Should be hearing the first Redwings going over any evening now.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...