Went for a walk down Ainsdale beach south from the Discovery centre with Mrs D today - all very pleasant, with a bracing north westerly picking up.
Good acclimatisation practice for potential seawatching duties this weekend.
Birdwise it was pretty quiet - Common Scoter and Great Crested Grebe offshore, small groups of gulls, Grey Plover and Oycs on the wind scoured sands.
No sign of the Snow Buntings today (although I did hear a suspicious little trill coming from the dunes at one point), but the Linnet flock is still about.
At Dempsey Towers, loadsa finches coming in now, and I found a dead Greenfinch under the feeders last night - hope its not that killer-finch-virus thingy....
Probably just shocked to death at the greed of the Starlings, which have shifted a whole feeder full of fat in less than 24 hours.
Tawny Owls calling away most nights.
Raven over Old Hall Street in Liverpool yesterday afternoon, which was nice, but hardly compared to the Pechora that Neill and Tropical caught up with in Pembrokeshire yesterday morning.
Their text messages of triumph said it all.
Neill: "Yes yes yes yes!"
Trops: "Big P in my pants"
I hope Tropical was referring to the pipit.
Looks like a superb bird and is still there today - could it stick till the weekend?, Pechora pix can be found on Neill's site (link on the right).
Well done boys.
Also thanks to Paul Allison, who sent me these shots of the Red Fox that has been living in the alder wood at Freshfield's Squirrel Reserve for the last year at least - I believe it even featured on "Autumnwatch", not that I saw it.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...