Any day now…

There is a fine fringe of seed-rich debris (dumped by the last series of high tides) up at Weld Road, but there were plenty of folk out enjoying the spring light and mild conditions there too this morning.
A steady trickle of Meadow Pipits and Pied Wags kept my attention, but I was hoping for a few Redpolls in the old tideline – they have favoured this food source here for the last few springs.
No sign today, but singing Skylarks lifted the spirits, and it felt mild enough for a Wheatear – the first will be along any day now.

Up at Marshside a few thousand Pink Feet were on the outer marsh still and the Scaup was lingering.
The area in front of Sandgrounders Hide was as busy as the flower stand at a 24 hour garage on Mother’s Day, as the Black Headed Gulls reclaimed the colony for the breeding season.
Plenty of scraping and bowing.
Two Goldcrest, Song Thrush, Reed Bunting and Meadow Pipits around what remains of the Forest of Bale (happy days) on the other side of the road, and three Stonechats below it.
Up at Crossens two crisp Barnacle Geese were in with the Pinks.
Coltsfoot and Common Whitlow Grass flowering.