Spent a few hours down on at Marshside today, pretty quiet, but pleasant enough.
Approx 1500 Blackwits roosting at the back of Marshside One, but wildfowl numbers are clearly falling.
16 Avocets on Marshside One today, eyeing each other suspiciously in case one tried to make an early claim on a prime nest site; the water is too high for them to start seriously prospecting yet though.
One Knot at the Hesketh Road end, and two Scaup (the male and female) with about 30 Pochards up by Junction Pools.
Quiet around Mount Baker, with just two Little Egrets on the outer marsh - met up with Pete Allen, who rightly pointed out this is the in-between time.
Winter birds starting to dwindle, and a few weeks yet before the Spring migrants start to arrive.
Two small parties of Meadow Pipits passing overhead raised my hopes, but when I found myself counting Coot from Nels I realised it was time to get therapy or get home.
(I got to 42 before I heard my inner voice screaming).
Quick check of the Sands Lake at Ainsdale for Ralph Jones' female Common Scoter, but there was no sign.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...