Braved the squalls again this morning for another wader search on the Ribble Estuary NNR at Banks.
Just fifty or so Dunlin and little else shorebird-wise apart from a Whimbrel that dropped in during a downpour, and then off again calling as it cleared.
The Spoonbill showed intermittently, plenty of Swifts over the salt marsh, Yellow Wagtail near the farm and Marsh Harrier quartering the seawall once again.
This juvenile Sandwich Tern dropped in during a shower and did not look to healthy. Sarnies are pretty regular on the inner estuary in late summer, but rarely venture onto the marshes. At least the rain will keep the splashes wet for a bit longer.