With so many of the great big maroon Curlews flopping about the north west recently, it was only a matter of time before a Glossy Ibis paid a call to Marshside.
Still lovely though when Alex the warden texted me this morning to let me know there were three of the critters on Marshside One (okay, okay, Rimmer's Marsh).
A day filled with Herdwick Sheep arrivals, UXBs and prehistoric footprints (and even some real work) meant I had no chance to go and have a look at the ibises till later in the afternoon.
Although as the last one stayed on the marsh for about 100 years, I felt there was no need to hurry.
The return of GMT may well mean the clock in my car is finally right again, but it does rather rob a chap of available light to digiscope stuff after 4pm...even so, I watched the three young ibis feeding away, or pointing their ridiculous bills into the stiff westerly for about 10 minutes.
They looked pretty miserable - probably missing the ibis-pots of Horwich.
All a bit blurry in the fading light unfortunately.
I mentioned prehistoric footprints earlier, and included in them today was a nice Crane (or Grey Heron?) footprint - nothing unusual in that, as they turn up quite a bit around the beach at Freshfield.
But this one was at Ainsdale, way further north than normal.
Given it is probably at least 5,000 years old, I recognise this record does stretch the concept of "late news" a fair way, but at least it makes a change from drooling over all the mega Yankees draped across every western promontory this side of sanity.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...