Working in the dunes for the last few weeks meant I haven't had a chance to see what's happening on the shoreline, so it was a pleasant surprise to bump into the first winter Glauc south of Weld Road early this morning for the first time in a while.
The bird was still limping a bit, but looked otherwise healthy and bulkier, as it had a wash and brush up in a small roost about 200m south of the boardwalk.
Didn't hang about for too long though and after a few minutes it headed north, circling over Southport beach's tideline in the hope of finding a good bit of carrion, before drifting off over the pier and towards Marshside.
Digi-binned it before it flapped off, but not too many gulls on the coast today.
Only 2-300 birds resting on Ainsdale beach, but at least a nice adult Med Gull was dozing with 'em, moulting into summer plumage.
Digi-binned that too.
A fine male Stonechat in the dunes and at least 50 Twite at Weld Road in the morning, with a few Skylarks in full voice and one or two parties of Pied Wags about.
Finally thanks to Ron Jackson for sending me the link to his footage of one of the two Bitterns at Mere Sands Wood scoffing a great big fat Rudd yesterday.
You can watch the footage here.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...