Thanks as always to Rich Steel, for sending me this superb gallery of pix he's taken over the year - great to remember singing, full-on summer plumage birds as the nights start to draw in and my thoughts stray towards islands weighed down with rarities.
"Thought I would send you a selection of images as I am now catching up with my backlog from those taken in the spring", says Rich.
"Makes you wonder why we head abroad sometimes when there is such a wealth of great birds here".
He may well be right, although I can think of a few American wood warblers that would knock all but the most charismatic winter plumage Knot into a cocked hat!
Anyway, here for your viewing pleasure is the latest batch of Rich's photographic masterpieces... Whinchat, Crossbill, Dartford Warbler and Gropper...
and the Curlew, Jay and Dipper ain't bad either....
Not had much chance to do any birding on the coast over the last few days - been tidying up after cocklers and fly-tippers, with a side-order of sand clearance from the Southport seawall - c'est la vie.
Wheatears and Mipits scattered about, with plenty of Pinkies around, but it's the funny stint down in Sussex that's catching my attention at the moment - can't wait for a good shot, so folk can work out what it actually is, and I can extend my carbon footprint still further.
Winds picking up again - always time for a sandblasted seawatch y'all.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...