Back again

Visible only really when she was hurtling about over the dune ridges, with a train of freaked out Mipits in hot pursuit, the Cuckoo was stealth personified once she dropped into the scrub.
Not surprising given what she (presumably a female given her silent and furtive behaviour) was up to.
Dive-bombing Meadow Pipits were the only thing that gave her away as she moved about deep in cover, looking for nests as I enjoyed my lunchtime circuit at Ainsdale today.
Andy Spottiswood had seen one earlier in the day in the same general area, so presumably she was still on the hunt for suitable nests to target when I made it out later on.
The closest I got to the Cuckoo was a grey blurry shape deep in the willows, but she was away again before I got near her, showing best as she zoomed over ridges and out of sight.

You can just make out the grey outline in the branches in the pic above.
Just. If you squint hard.
A few other bits and bobs about, not least a Lesser Whitethroat that rattled occasionally deep within the Sea Buckthorn, but was generally even more elusive than the Cuckoo, affording me only fleeting views.
Not bad for a lunchbreak though…

Ainsdale LNR (south) 1230-1350:
Willow Warbler 3; Whitethroat 7; Cuckoo 1; Lesser Whitethroat 1; Gropper 1; Linnet 9; Swallow 3; Wheatear 2 (plus usual resident species).