Managed to get down to Birkdale LNR fairly early this morning at the start of a gorgeous autumn sun day.
Things started well with two Crossbills calling overhead as they went south - they may have dropped into the pines on Hillside GC, they may have kept on going.
Shortly after I was joined by Trops, Neill and Mike Stocker, as we checked the copses in case yesterday's Yellow Browed Warbler was still knocking about.
No joy on the warbler front, but a few parties of Long Tailed Tit, with Goldcrest, Bullfinch, Greater Pecker and Nuthatch, and Skylarks, Mistle Thrush and Mipits moving over - all very nice.
Two Sprawks cut through, hassled by the Carrion Crows - were they on passage I wonder?
Common Darter, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock butterfly on the wing as the day warmed up and we headed for home.
I was saved from gardening chores at Dempsey Towers by the news that a Yellow Browed Warbler was at the south end of Queen's Jubilee Nature Reserve, so whipped up there to have a look, as did Neill, Mike and Clarko.
Tits flocks produced several Goldcrest and a Chiffy, but no YBW - they can be mighty mobile after all, but scanning those dried up sycamore leaves is always fun.
Returned to the casa for delayed horticultural duties, but three Buzzards circling about in the blue were a convenient diversion.
Redwings dropping in later on, and the promise of easterlies later in the week, can't be bad.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...