Watched one of the Med Gulls on the Sandplant lagoon for awhile today as it high stepped amongst the BHGs, throwing odd shapes and trying to rule the roost, strutting about on long legs, scraping and bowing.
Good, clean fun.
Lots more of interest too today - with at least 6-7 singing Chiffchaffs on the golf course this morning and a Willow Warbler singing weakly at the top of the SSSI ditch, while Jay, Redpoll and Siskin went overhead there.
A steady passage of Meadow Pipits still.
As the tide came up, the Sandplant compound had at least four Wheatears (including 2 females), two singing Chiffchaffs, three Goldcrests, two Blackbirds and the usual Skylarks, Reed Buntings and Mipits displaced by the high tide.
A bewildered looking Short Eared Owl flapped south high over the outer marsh, presumably forced out by the water, only to circle forlornly off Hesketh Road, while gulls mobbed it.
Some very dapper Pied Wags in the compound too and Small Tortoiseshell, Buff Tailed Bumblebee etc when the sun came out.
Offshore from the Sandplant one of the Ribble's male Eiders was diving, but a bit too far off for pix...
A quick look at Marshside One gave me a fine group of five Sand Martin bombing north above the Blackwits, Avocets and Golden Plover, and a female Marsh Harrier moved through at 1345, being battered by the BHGs that rose from the floods to greet it.
Still about 600 Pinkies on the outer marsh - wonder how much longer they'll hang around for.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...