Picked up Bazzo at about 11am and we headed down to Marshside.
It was raw cold, with dark, grey leaden clouds, all very depressing.
The Sandplant Compound and peninsula were pretty quiet, bar a few Greenfinch and Wrens, and the outer marsh wasn't much better - shrouded in murk it was hard to make much out.
A few large flocks of Wigeon on Marshside Two and Crossens Inner and a Merlin perched up on the Crossens Inner fenceline.
Plenty of Lapwings roosting on M2, looking very miserable.
One or two Teal bustled about in front of Sandgrounders, and from the log Graham C had seen the Green Winged Teal earlier - no sign when we were there, probably down a drain somewhere.
Water Rails still squealing away up towards Polly's Creek, and more Pintail seem to be about now.
One groups of five Little Grebe on the channels and 15 Pochard on the Sandplant Pool.
Water levels seem quite low for this time of year - at least there's some monster tides at the end of next week to shake things up a bit.
I drove Bazzo over to Martin Mere, where there were plenty of Whoopers, a few Buzzards, Ruff and small flocks of Pinkies.
Brambling was calling around the Janet Kear Hide, but there was too much noise inside for one to come down while we were there.
More Whoopers and Buzzards from the Ronnie Barker Hide, and Tree Sparrows in the usual places.
Headed back to Southport via Churchtown Moss, where the corvid flocks around Twist's Covert held at least 15 Rooks, some carrying sticks and messing about as only Rooks can.
The wood would make for an ideal rookery....
A cold, quiet November day.
Tawny Owl calling around Dempsey Towers this evening.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...