Sandplant compound was fairly quiet when I walked through to the point in the early afternoon today; Mipits, Skylarks, very Linnety, and bizarrely a young male Wheatear attempting to eat a Peacock butterfly.
I thought they were toxic critters avoided by all sensible predators, but the Wheatear happily tore off the wings and gobbled it down.
A flat calm tide was receding and the wibbly wobbly shimmer was just appalling - but there were still 11 Eiders in the shallows, 8 males and 3 females, and a good roost of waders in the vegetation, including 70+ Ringed Plover and 50+ Grey Plover, many in stonking summer kit.
As I looked out over the water I was joined by Er Neill and David Nickeas, and shortly afterwards we picked up a mammal moving south out of the estuary about 400m offshore.
The critter moved at speed on the surface, showing a smaller head than either seal species, but too big for Mink.
It covered astonishing distances whenever it dived, but there was no way of getting a decent view in the jelly-haze.
This was a shame, because in better light conditions, I reckon we might have been able to pin down an Otter at the Ribble mouth!
Certainly swam like one, with the sunlight reflecting off its wet fur, but we just couldn't get a sharp enough view through scope or bins.
Some you just gotta let go...
Looked to be a few Great Crests out in the wibbly wobbly too, but apart from a light, yet constant passage of hirundines, things were fairly quiet.
Whitethroat, Sedgie, Willow Warbler etc singing away, and two first summer Med Gulls (2cy) in front of Sandgrounders Hide.
Both looked like new birds, but they spent most of their time asleep, when they weren't squabbling with the BHGs.
One of 'em appeared to have a thinner bill than the other, which I hope is just down to posture - there's enough leucistic/albino BHGs (well, okay, there's two of 'em), in the squawky hoard without hybrid Meds to contend with.
Rain and south easterlies forecast for tomorrow - sure to produce the goods somewhere.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...