Great to see a Stonechat flitting about by the office when I came in to work this morning - all the hooleys and heavy rain have put a real downer on passers in the frontal dunes for the last few weeks, so I was pleased to see one back.
The Stonechat spent most of the day zipping about behind Ainsdale Discovery Centre, occasionally bounding about on the deck and squabbling with Robins as it chased tiny insects out in the weak sun.
Reed Bunts back too this morning, although just a handful, not like the large flock in late autumn and Wrens in the buckthorn stems.
Five Chaffinches dropped in briefly too - nothing unusual about finch passage over the coast, but I don't often see them on the sand in the frontal dunes.
Although visibility wasn't too bad before the rain slid back in this afternoon, the tide was pants - a quick look from the tower revealed nowt offshore apart from Cormorants and gulls, but you never know what's out there after all those storms.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...