Got a few hours in at the marsh today, bumping into Bazzo, Trops and Er Neill.
Clear blue skies and a cruel northerly meant passage was non-existent at first glance, as you'd expect, and yet there were still birds about.
A Chiffchaff was feeding in the willows by the Sandplant, which held two Pied Wags, the usual Linnet flock, three Wheatears, Skylark and the pair of young Kestrels up to rumpy-pumpy on the north bank.
A few Swallows tazzed north, oozing determination.
Two males Wheatears and a female, finding rich pickings on the compound walls, and Mipits bleeping through.
A trudge down to Nels failed to produce the Garganey on Marshside One (it was behind the Junction Pool early doors), but the Little Grebes were yikkering away like crazy, and about 200 Goldies were roosting, while Blackwits and Ruff fed around them.
Back up at Sandgrounders hide, the long-staying sub-adult Med Gull was amongst the cacophony of BHGs as usual, but quite a way back out on the marsh, so no chance of decent pictures in the wobbly shimmer.
And it spent most of the time asleep.
As we waited for the Med to do something, Trops picked up Common Buzzard and Sprawk up over Churchtown and a Grasshopper Warbler began reeling to the north of the hide in the scrub along the bank.
No chance of seeing the little weasel as it reeled away, but good to hear one back all the same.
Apparently a bit more cloud tomorrow and rain on Tuesday - so things may get better.
Anyone seeing anything, or is it finally Birdblog bye bye time?
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...