Trying to hold onto the last bit of autumn is as futile as sellotaping the last few golden leaves back on the branches at Dempsey Towers.
And I know they've been around for a month or so, but if there's one thing that spells the start of winter, it's got to be going to check the Weld Road Twite flock.
They really are the most annoying birds - flighty as hell, and when they do all congregate, they generally shuffle along gathering seeds so low to the ground, you can't see the legs for colour rings.
Today on the big, big tide they were bouncier than an overexcited box of Mexican jumping beans in a Chiapas cantina.
At least 60-70 birds feeding just below the seawall, but there were Linnets with 'em as well to confuse an accurate count.
I got down to Weld Road on the high tide, with most of the area inundated with water.
About 1500 gulls riding out the storm on the swell, but it was hard going through 'em in the high wind - just appeared to be the usual five species.
Snipe, Curlew, and a Little Egret going backwards over the Coast Road as the gale, though decreasing, tore through.
The Twite were all bunched together about 200 metres north of the car park, and although some birds were clearly colour ringed, the bright sunlight and wind made it impossible to read 'em accurately (sorry Pete).
Left the Twite scoffing seeds and nipped up to Marshside, where most of the marsh was still covered in water - plenty of Skylarks and wildfowl in the air, with one or two Rock Pipits over the point.
Too blowy for a good raptor show, but Merlin and Kestrel about while the wildfowl and waders began to move onto the estuary as the tide fell.
12 Eurasian Whitefronts feeding on Crossens Inner and Marshside Two, their foreheads blazing white, with 12 Barnacles amongst the Pinkies and ferals, all just about visible from Sandgrounders.
Bet Crossens Outer was good, but I didn't have time to make it up there.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...