With an afternoon so crisp and sunny there was no other option but to rapidly develop chore amnesia and get out for a walk before the sun went down.
Had just enough time to walk round Sands Lake at Ainsdale, where the Brown Rats were feeding in the Sea Buckthorn bushes on the fermented berries again by the boardwalk.
They looked quite cute actually, but were probably just drunk on the orange fruits.
Magpies (17), Greenfinch, 2 Long Tailed Tits, Wren and Robins were in the buckthorn too.
On the water there were about 110 Tufties, 2 drake Pochard, 6 Shoveler (4 drakes and 2 ducks), the usual family of 8 Mute Swans, Moorhen, Coot and hordes of Mallards.
The drake Shovelers were fruitier than the buckthorn bushes - constantly whistling and wheezing round the two ducks.
Best of all was a nice Water Rail which ran across the duckboards in front of me on the eastern side of the pool, before squealing from cover.
My Daily Post column tomorrow is about all sorts of stuff, but also the North Merseyside Biodiversity website, which has been revamped and with a bit of delving, is full of info.
You can find it at http://www.merseysidebiodiversity.org.uk
Gotta go now, it's chore time.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies....