Early doors-ish start at Hesketh Road this morning, in good conditions – high cloud, cool and a light south easterly.
Plenty of Chiffchaffs singing on Hesketh Golf Course (7-8 in song, including one singing in flight, which I can’t remember coming across before with this species), four Goldcrest, and small parties of Sand Martin, Siskin and Mipits all got the spring juices going.
Two Redwings were a bit of a surprise, but they’ve gotta move sometime.
Two Ravens were tumbling and “upside-down” flying over Marshside One (why do they do that? because they can).
The Water Rail was calling away in the SSSI ditch.
The three members of the Scaup Cartel were all fast asleep off the Hesketh Road platform, and at about 0845 the first of two singing Willow Warblers started tuning up.
Goldcrest and more and more parties of Mipits moved through as Sunday woke up.
Numbers of Sand Martins increased as I was joined by Neill, Alan and David, so that at least 60 birds had come through before Mad Dog Bannon et al rocked up and the platform got quite crowded.
A Peregrine came circling over in the almost warm sun, right above us, while the local Sprawks kept a lower profile, cruising over the golf course trees.
Wheatear Corner was quiet, and although a steady procession of dogs, birders and everyone else had been through it by the time I got to the Sandplant, there were still two Wheatears (both female), a dazzling White Wagtail and a Goldcrest in there.
Four Med Gulls on the Sandplant lagoon, including two first summers.
One of the youngsters was carrying nesting material.
At least 1,000 Pinkies, probably more, out on the outer marsh still…..here it comes…..