Undoubtedly my best bird today was the lovely Red Kite that came circling lazily in from the south west and drifted over the car park at Lifeboat Road, Formby, this morning.
Good views in between frantically trying to get bemused dog walkers onto it, and taking extremely ropey point and press shots as it moved away from me (really must take my proper camera to work in future).
Couldn't see any wing tags on the kite, and it was soon lost to view over the pinewoods, steering off into the distance on its long orange twisting tail.
Wonder if it was the one that came through Seaforth recently?
There we are, that shot would grace the wall of any kite feeding centre in mid-Wales I expect.
The kite made me come over all migrantty, but I didn't encounter much else as I led a walk through the dunes at Ravenmeols.
Pleasant enough though, with singing Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Skylarks, and Reg Yorke revealing the history of the place.
With work duties done with and a few chores sorted, I got down to Marshside in the late afternoon for an hour or two, although it was fairly quiet - one Sand Martin was the only hirundine action I had.
The Med Gulls (3 on the Sandplant Lagoon) were good value though, with one attempting to build a nest, dropping beak-fulls of vegetation onto the ground on the back island then looking confused as it blew away repeatedly.
Dunno whether it's the white goggles, but summer plumage Med Gulls really don't appear to be the sharpest pencils in the box.
Perhaps I'm being unfair, but "Operation Grass Nest" was a resounding failure - better luck in calmer conditions mebbe.
Walked down to Nels hide, mainly because it has been far too long since I popped in there, and enjoyed good numbers of Ruff in various plumages scattered about, with Pintail, Shoveler, Wigeon and Teal still feeding away in the shallows.
The Long Tailed Duck was on good form, and it came to within a few feet before moving off for a bit of a preen.
Great watching it so close in a deserted hide (I know I'm sooo anti-social) - haven't had an opportunity to spend any time with it for awhile.
Good peaceful end to the day as the duck dived away again and again.
Headed back to Dempsey Towers as the sun finally broke through.
Still Siskins visiting the feeders and a new singing Chiffchaff in.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...