The weather is all over the place today ? Woke up to heavy rain and the winds from the East, then blue skies, North Easterly winds and warm sunshine and now its overcast with strengthening winds from the West. Birds on the other hand are not all over the place, if anything there is a distinct lack of them. Brough boasted 3 Willow Warblers, a Reed Warbler and the Common Sandpiper. The Pectoral Sandpiper was nowhere to be seen probably due to flooding at its favoured habitat, and here's me predicting it will be here for the autumn ! An optimistic check of Skaw had a Peregrine in residence in the plantation and it came as no great surprise there was bugger all else in there, probably all in the peg. With not a great deal to see decided to spend an hour in the company of pigs ? Not literally, of course. The walking bacon chops have churned up quite nicely 2 fields with the lower field being especially mushed up, and with its mix of waders looks ideal for a wandering vagrant to call home. Todays count in the lower field was the Common Sandpiper, 6 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 3 Ringed Plover and 6 Snipe.