Difficult to put the splendours on Scilly and Shetland out of my mind at the moment, but both are beyond the pocket of the penniless, so I had to make do with an hour or so in the Sandplant compound this afternoon.
I know, it's not the same as Waterthrush or Rubythroat, but what can you do?
A few Mipits in the compound, with Skylarks going over, and a nice Wheatear feeding at the west end.
The covey of eight Grey Partridges whirred by, and Reed Buntings were in the last vestiges of cover at the tip.
A Peregrine went over to spook everything on Marshside One, and on the outer marsh, three Rock Pipits were calling.
Down at Taggs and Weld Road, it was pretty quiet, and a fair number of folk were out, so it was nice to get a Stonechat - maybe more survived last winter's big freeze than we thought.
Small Tortoiseshell and Migrant Hawker there, alongside Little Egret, Shelduck and Pied Wags etc.
Not much moving through Ainsdale yesterday at work, hardly surprising given the presence of a Peregrine lurking off the Green Beach for most of the morning.
A different colour ringed Black Headed Gull though, which Duncan R is hoping to track down.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...