It had been low cloud and heavy rain as I'd climbed the stairs to bed a few hours previous. Looking out of the window I can detect that the wind has gone southerly.
That's the clincher, I'm up and out ASAP, I fancy migrants could have dropped in overnight with the combination of the rain and wind swinging south.
Pack the kit and drift onto West Kirby marsh. Got to be early as the day will soon draw out walkers, dogs, joggers, cyclists and horseriders and these will put any birds up, up and away. The sun is warm, the breeze cool, the view brilliant.
Almost at Pinfold Steps and I see a flash of white zip a few feet low over the marsh some 70 metres away. Bins up and on the shape. It comes to focus and and my first Wheatear of 2011 appears.
Just what I had hoped for! Shake the camera bag off my back on to a small grass hummock and assemble the lens etc. I want to record this. It's still quite far off but I decide not to go stalking it, it's on a long journey and doesn't need to be chased by me. Plus it's very muddy and I don't fanncy getting covered in it. Ping off a few shots from distance.
I like Sundays and this has got off to a flyer! Meet Mrs DeeBirder and we stroll to the Sweet Pea where we get the last table! Settle down to a plate of Full English. Gotta love the Breakfast Club!