I should have known it was going to be a quiet day as a Force 4 on the Hooley Scale (passerines unco-operative, just stay in bed) was blowing in from the south west and it was grey, grey, grey.
Checked out Churchtown Moss (9 Whooper Swans on Woodmoss Lane), and 11 Corn Buntings on wires outside the Mere.
Martin Mere itself was pretty quiet - one or two Ruff, 100+ Golden Plover, Lapwing, a few hundred Whoopers, Chaffinches (see above), Reed Buntings, Tree Sparrows etc coming to the feeders and small numbers of Pinkies.
A Sprawk tazzed thro' past the In Focus shop, spooking everything and a male Ruddy Duck was on the water.
From there I headed out to Banks Marsh, where the wind really was a pain - everything was keeping low.
A small group of Linnet, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits were feeding below the bank, and Wigeon, Goldies and Lapwing were out around the lagoons.
A single male Stonechat was north of Old Hollows Farm.
About 15 Twite were around the pools 200 yards out, but the yellow-billed little weasels wouldn't keep still.
Never mind, it was far too blowy to attempt a picture.
Ten out of ten for effort then for the female Merlin that came hurtling down the bank and right past me, putting the fear of God into everything.
There's always something to see.
Went for a walk at Taggs Island with Mrs D in the afternoon, but the gull roost was pretty small, and the beach practically deserted.
Anybody have anything else today?
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies.....