Nectaring Red Admirals on the asters and the gauge reading 23 degrees – balmy conditions indeed for October.

An hour ‘scoping Crossens Outer was fun with about 1,000 Pink feet, 200 Golden Plover, 50+ Grey Plover, Blackwits, Ruffs, Lapwings, Dunlin and Curlew over the tide.

At least two Marsh Harriers were quartering the outer marsh and a Merlin occasionally spooked everything.

Scanning on full zoom to the north revealed large concentrations of birds on Banks Marsh – waders and geese, but it was too far away to get too much detail in the heat haze generated by the unseasonal temperatures.

Stuart Darbyshire’s Snow Goose and Todd’s Canada will have to wait for another day.

Suitably balmy/barmy the long-staying Swan Goose was grazing with the Canada horde just under the road.

Grey Wagtails overhead and earlier in the day, Chaffinches, Pied Wagtail and Skylarks on the move.