Got down to Marshside for a brief visit this morning - great to feel the warmth of the Spring sun, but the blue skies do tend to mean most passage is taking place squillions of feet above...
That said, there were three Goldcrest round the Sandplant compound, where a stonking Weasel was hunting around the mounds, a superb, if decidedly murderous beastie; Skylarks, Mipits and a few Reed Buntings singing/displaying too.
A few alba wags going through.
Tail-pumping Chiffy zipping through the scrub on the corner of Marshside Road, and at least 200 Golden Plover about, along with the Blackwits, Redshank, Lapwing etc.
Gave up counting the Avos round Sandgrounders after I got past 27; suffice to say, they were noisy and decidedly fruity this morning.
Comma butterfly on the wing at Dempsey Towers, and later in the day, Yellowhammer in song on Plex, and a hunting Barn Owl at dusk near the Withins.
Thanks for Ron Jackson for sending the latest links to his videos on YouTube, firstly of the Yellowhammers/Reed Bunts that were hanging about the stubble on Plex - the field was ploughed last week, and I'm afraid I don't know if that flock is still about - I suspect it may have broken up.
Ron also got footage of the reliable Water Rail from the Lancaster Hide at Mere Sands during the cold snap, and blagged the Dipper at Yarrow Valley Country Park, near Chorley this week.
Time was, Yarrow Valley was a reliable spot for Lesser 'Pecker - sadly those days are long gone.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...