As is often the way, the high tide today at Marshside wasn't quite as exciting birdwise as yesterday - I didn't see any Short Eared Owls, or Jack Snipe - the former often clear off after their first soaking, and you need to be lucky with the latter at the best of times.
Good to see so many people out though - nowhere to park around the Sandplant, so I had to tazz up to Crossens instead, which was okay, as I wanted to concentrate on that end.
It was still a fine spectacle of course, and the sun was shining, which was an added bonus and as I walked on, the Crossens Channel was already flooded out.
I slipped down the bank and settled into the same place as I sat yesterday and waited for the water.
It wasn't long before it came sweeping in, covering much of the vegetation, although perhaps not as quickly as yesterday, and I saw no voles paddling for dear life today - which didn't stop the GBBs patrolling on the off-chance.
All very menacing, but no other raptors as I sat there, apart from one Peregrine which ripped through when I was leaving.
Impressive nonetheless as flocks of waders swept past and Pinkies headed off over the road.
A Wigeon, floating by a few feet below me looked confused by it all.
As long as you don't get "skylined" by standing on the pavement (just sit quietly below on the bank) the passerines come quite close on the tide, and I had good fun trying to digiscope the Rock Pipits (goggles on!) and Skylarks again.
All very pleasant.
As I headed home, there was a big gull roost just south of the Sandplant, which I probably should have checked, but you can't cover it all!
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...