Called in at Weld Road at lunchtime to have a look at how the new Natterjack slack is settling in, especially as small groups of Mipits had been heading north at Ainsdale for most of the morning.
I was happy to see five lovely Wheatears flycatching from the uniposts and old railings in the drizzle up at Birkdale.
Always a buzz at the beginning of the season, they were hyperactive, sallying from perches like Spotflys, or running around in the grasses after food.
Marvellous, even in the rain.
At one point the Wheatears lined up on the metal fenceline with a Skylark, two Mipits and a Reed Bunting - a great line-up, but only the Mipit sat still long enough for me to get my camera out!
Three or four Pied Wags about too.
A shadowy sneaky shape moving through the sedges grabbed my attention at the edge of the marsh, but soon revealed itself as a Mistle Thrush a few seconds later - a good tease though.
After work the light was failing fast, so that most cars had full headlights on by 5.30pm at Marshside, where the gull cacophony on the Sandplant lagoon was the only real action, with three Snipe creeping along the back bank.
Not much point in birding in the poor light, there will be other evenings.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...