Busy, busy, busy this last week or more, mainly with hosting a great nautical archaeology course on the coast, which culminated in a cracking walk out to the wreck of the Ionic Star and its neighbour the Bradda (?) off Formby on a low, low tide this evening.
Don't try this at home folks - there are only a few tides low enough to get out to it safely each year, and my risk assessment was longer than "War and Peace".
Well worth it though....
As the course progressed at several sites on the coast, my timbers were well and truly shivered by the heavy passage of Meadow Pipits going through during the last few days, but I had little time to look for anything else.
A Merlin haring after them over the dunes at Ainsdale yesterday morning was good though.
A "barnacle break" after a Mother's Day lunch today saw me nip into Haskayne Cutting to try to get in on some of the migration action...loads of Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock on the wing, with at least three singing Chiffchaff was okay.
Reed Bunts and singing Yellowhammer in the warm air as usual, with plenty of bees emerging from the grasses and the ubiquitous Common Buzzard on the pylon - a very pleasant 15 minutes before I was back to futtocks and iron knees.
Several large (50+ birds) flocks of Mipits on Plex too.
But just one Wheatear - on Carr Moss.
Off tomorrow, so might try to get out for some proper spring stuff.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...