As today's shift came to an end and the western sky morphed bronze, I found Duncan Rothwell checking the gulls at Ainsdale for colour rings (his new obsession _ no piece of bread is safe around him).
Nothing as cool as the Polish colour ringed BHG he had a week or so back, but this adult LBB with a dodgy wing was interesting - we never got close enough, but the ring didn't look quite right for a BTO job.
Should have had a 'scope with me, "point and press" blurry images are useless!
It would have come in handy earlier in the day too, when a large, dark skua flew north over the sea off the Green Beach at 11.30am, before pitching down onto the rising swell (as they do) never to be seen again.
Couldn't swear to it, but I suspect it was the same Bonxie Bazzo and I had last Thursday off the Sandplant peninsula.
Water Rail squealing unseen at the southern end of the Green Beach this morning.
A Red Admiral fluttering weakly south down the tideline at Ainsdale at noon, and a Rock Pipit over too - unusual here, although they were mooching around the cocklers' boats and quads on Rainford's track up at Marshside as usual.
Apart from that, predictably Cormorants, gulls and Common Scoters offshore at Ainsdale, and a Greenshank mid-afternoon in the Tagg's wader roost.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...