Small and far away #2

Towering above a 5p bit (just) the Early Sand Grass, or Mibora minima to give its grown-up name, was flowering away at its Southport HQ this afternoon.
I popped in to have a look following the annual tip-off from Phil Smith (ta Phil), after a quiet few hours at Marshside.

Nationally rare, and seriously small, it is yet another important species that occurs on the Sefton coast.
Always good to have a fall-back in the slowish bit between the first Wheatears, Chiffies and hirundines and the tsunami of superb migrants which will start pouring in over the next few days (hopefully).
Marshside was cool and largely overcast, with three Sand Martins over Fairclough’s Pool at Hesketh Road, singing Chiffchaff, Avocets and plummeting duck numbers.
The Buzzard and Sprawk were both up around the Hesketh Road platform, but the Sand Martins were moving away by the time I got my camera on ’em…

I drove up towards Crossens just in time to see the majority of the geese taking flight and heading far out onto the marsh in the wibbly wobbly haze.
Six Barnacle Geese remained with the stragglers and I had a Great White Egret over before I was lured away by the smallest grass in the world…