If anything the water levels have risen a bit on Plex, where I spent the late afternoon today - after a fine night in the Legless Arms, I wasn't ready to join Bazzo for an early doors seawatch (see comment previous entry), preferring instead to start the annual autumnal "slash and burn" gardening exercise at Dempsey Towers.
The field past the fork of Station Road still held large numbers of Lapwing (about 200), with 5 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin and the Curlew Sandpiper probing the exposed rich soil for food.
Good to see Tim Vaughan out there, and together we checked through the waders in bright sunshine.
Two Golden Plovers today amongst the Lapwing, plus a Grey Plover, which initially sparked a touch of the AGP collywobbles at a distance, before it had the decency to fly closer, showing off its reassuring black axilliaries.
These fields really are worth a look at present, strange having the Lake District five minutes from your house.
Three Grey Heron at the back of the field, with passing Common Buzzard and corvids, Mipits and Skylarks.
A few Swallows pushed on through the westerly, but there are far fewer around compared to last week.
Both Marsh Harriers rose up occasionally, and large numbers of Pinkies were feeding between Plex and Carr Moss.
Two Teal and seven Wigeon joined the Mallards on the fields north of Gettern's Farm, and huge flocks of Woodpigeon rose from the copses.
Just five Corn Bunts, but it was mighty blowy.
Snipe squelching overhead as I left the West Lancs polders and trundled home.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...