Firstly thanks for all the lovely comments exhorting me to carry on blogging - nice to hear from you all, keep your bird news coming....
Pretty much persistent rain on the coast today will hopefully have the Natterjacks starting to party soon (saw six strings of spawn in one of the frontal slacks today), but they'll need rain forever for a really successful year I think.
Four or five Swallows feeding around the top end of Sands Lake, which again had singing Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Chiffchaff, and Cuckooflower blooming.
The odd Swallow pushing north throughout the day as I worked along the coast, but it was hardly a torrent of migration.
A flock of six alba wags which dropped down at Weld Road early evening all turned out to be Pieds - is it me or are White Wags scarcer this spring?
Earlier my attention was drawn during a break to an ad for Sony's new "digi-binning" binoculars, which look like something Mr Spock would whip out at inappropriate moments, and appear to cost more than the Starship Enterprise.
You could save yourself lots of money and do what I do: simply superglue some bits of thick elastic band to the edge of your "point and press" camera lens (it prevents scratching optics, but try not to jam the mechanism - it's a bugger to get strong adhesive outta that) and then hold it up to your bins to take a shot.
Far more fun and the results are a lot less predictable.
There, by my reckoning I've saved you £1,998.50, and I'll even throw in some digi-binned LBB shots from this evening on Ainsdale beach to boot.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...