Impressive amount of avian energy being expended throughout the day along the coast, as large numbers of migrants swept north - notably hirundines pushing through into the strong north east wind.
Hard to say how many Swallows I had as I did the rounds, certainly more than 1,500 in the course of the day, with Sand Martin, House Martin and Swifts too.
Numbers of hirundines began to fall away in the late morning, but they continued to come through.
30+ Wheatear between Ainsdale and Hesketh Road, and several groups of White Wags.
Siskins calling sadly as they tried to bound through against the wind, and a nice male Whinchat early doors in Wheatear Corner at Marshside.
I had 4 Tree Pipit altogether - one over Ainsdale, two on the Queen's Jubilee Nature Trail and the final one over Birkdale LNR in the afternoon, where a Garden Warbler was singing away alongside the Whitethroats, Chiffies, Willow Warblers and Blackcap.
Orange Tip feeding around Cuckoo-flowers there, and Bullfinch.
Wonder if the Garden Warbler is the same bird that Chris F reported on the blog a few days ago?
Sedge Warbler singing at Sands Lake, with Whitethroat, Willow Warbler etc, and a Common Sand still by the south side.
Yup, it was all very exciting.
At lunchtime I joined John Gramauskas to spring-trap a few of the Wheatears around the Green Beach and Weld Road for ringing.
We managed to trap three birds - two females and a male, and all were within the wing measurement range for Greenlands.
All three birds were very worn, not surprising given the journey they're only halfway through at the moment, but all were good weights.
They were full of energy, squabbling for perching positions and calling frequently.
The male Greenland had an oddly deformed and elongated bill - God knows what he's been sticking that into...
On the subject of ringing, forgot to mention the colour ringed Avocet off Nels Hide, that has been around for ages - finally got to read its colour sequence last week with Bazzo:
Left leg: Red "X" under Yellow
Right leg: Green under Yellow
And one of the colour ringed Coots at Sands Lake is showing very well, ie constantly sleeping by the bins in the car park, (one of Kane B's presumably?):
Left leg: Blue over Blue
Right leg:Yellow over metal
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...