Morning visit to Plex ended with fairly predictable results on the Dotterel front, however a singing Whitethroat at the Ainsdale end was nice, the Yellowhammers were in the fields near Haskayne Cutting and 70 Corn Bunts were still flocking.
Few bedraggled Wheatears in the rain, and a single Golden Plover.
Resigning myself to another Dotterel-free day, but with a few gaps in the rain, I decided to head for the marsh and picked up Bazzo on the way, having assured him it wouldn't rain any more.
We pulled up on Hesketh Road at about 1330, as the heaven's opened again.
A quick check on Birdguides to see if any rarities had been found indoors, and our worst fears were realised; we were going to have to go out in the wet.
We checked the Sandplant to find initially two Wheatears, later turning to another four; singing Willow Warbler and two very fine fly-through Tree Pipits, buzzing away in the rain.
Walking down to Nels Hide, four Yellow Wagtails went by before turning inland, and at Nels a Common Sandpiper was feeding around the lagoon, and more grounded Wheatears were around the electric cattle fence.
Two Swifts zoomed by - later in the afternoon a steady passage of them developed, alongside Swallows, House Martin and Sand Martin.
12 Ruffs were lekking around two Reeves to the south of the hide, although they do lek and mate on passage of course.
Still looked mighty fine.
At least 30 Ruff on Marshside One and Two, with some stunning black and red males among 'em.
A Sedge Warbler was singing south of the hide, while one of seven Brown Hares on the reserve today was looking decidedly soggy.
We walked back up to the Sandplant for another check in case the rain had grounded anything new, and more Wheatears and Mipits were in, but nothing else.
A quick check from the Sandgrounders Hide revealed another Yellow Wagtail feeding around the cattle and more Brown Hares.
The number of hirundines (Sand and House Martins, Swallows) and Swifts began to increase over the lagoon, until by the late afternoon a near constant passage was taking place along the coast.
Swifts were scorching through over Sands Lake at Ainsdale too, which had singing Willow Warbler, Chiffy and Blackcap, hirundines and another Common Sandpiper.
Tomorrow morning could be very good - fewer showers, but enough to ground some more migrants.
Perhaps it's finally getting moving.
Great to see Swifts again.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...