Trying to keep up

So much to keep an eye open for now as birds really start to move – more Wheatears along the coast (six together at Ainsdale at lunchtime, with singletons dotted about) and with today’s easterlies, good pulses of hirundines.

One group of 14 Sand Martins whizzed past me by the Sandplant this morning, Swallow passage is starting to become noticeable and the Cetti’s is getting louder to the north of Nels Hide, competing with Blackcaps and Willow Warblers.

A Reed Warbler chuntering away in the SSSI ditch was new to me for the year.

The Ruff continue to show very well at Marshside with one right under the screen at Sandgrounders at first light today – blurry but worth watching as Little Ringed Plover called overhead.

I shouldn’t have tried to shoot video in the early morning gloom, but there you go…

God loves a trier.

Yesterday Redpolls and a Rook were going through the Ainsdale LNR south of Shore Road, the latter always a fave of mine when I see them on the coast, and a buzzy Tree Pipit bounded over.

A similar circuit today amongst the gradually strengthening Willow Warbler choir revealed more Whitethroats, and a fleeting, but fine female Redstart as a brisk easterly wind buffetted the dunes.

What’s coming down the wind next?