Northern exposure

Migrants are arriving, slowly but surely, but it felt uphill all the way today as the chilly northerly airstream kept temperatures low despite the bright sun.

Willow Warbler and Blackcap singing in the garden this morning, but North Moss Lane was Whimbrel free (they’ll be along any day now) although a Raven went through and Chiffies were singing.

Plex was depressing – just two singing Skylarks this morning and no Corn Buntings – what’s going on?

Up at Marshside, the male Garganey was dozing true to character at range from the Hesketh Road platform (just visible above) and two Cetti’s were spluttering, but hirundines were conspicuous by their absence.

Plenty of Ruff around the site (top of entry), and a particularly peaky looking Dunlin was in front of Sandgrounders Hide.

Common Buzzards were sparking dreads now and again, while at Crossens thousands of Pink Feet were visible far out on the estuary wibbly wobbly, well past ‘scope range, but 20-30 White Wagtails were crisp and hyper on either side of the road.

Roll on the southerly winds forecast later this week…