Spangly

Watching Ron Jackson’s pair of Wood Sandpipers at Marshside as the evening light faded was as good a way to end the day as any.

The birds were feeding away in the channel and pool in the extreme north east corner of Rimmer’s Marsh.

Dainty, bubble-headed and spangly as they always are.

A shame to get mud and gloop on those long spindly legs…

I shot a video, which I apologise for in advance – far better to seek out Ron’s professional footage rather than my wind-blasted, shaky blurs on YouTube.

Sorry Ron.

This corner of the marsh really is on form at present, with up to 40 White Wagtails carpetting the damper areas, and one fine Yellow Wagtail in tow, at least three of the four Little Ringed Plovers, and of course 20+ Ruff of all colour combinations, generally wigging out, puffing up and dashing at the diminutive Reeves with them.

A few Swifts scorched through and Whitethroats squawked from the hawthorns behind us (who can remember when we planted them?)

Double survey duty at the marsh earlier in the day on the seaward stretch between Hesketh and Marshside Road.

Early doors sesh included a Whimbrel heading north, four Wheatear and possibly two Cetti’s Warblers north of Nels, although the original there does tend to range about a bit.

Over the high tide at lunchtime a drake Eider steamed north over the haul road, 47 Swifts passed my position in the Sandplant car park over an hour and a half (1130-1300), and they were joined by 33 Swallows, 11 House Martin and 12 Sand Martin.

There were probably more.

Up at Crossens Outer the first winter Russian Whitefront was with thousands of Pinks pushed close to the road by the tide, but I didn’t have the time to work through them all – a shame as I’m sure there were other gems in there.

30 odd Grey Plover, some in full summer plumage dropped in to roost.