Another raw day, and another unsuccessful crack at the Black Redstart by Ainsdale beach.
The bird was round the picnic tables early doors again...but had slunk into the Pontins gulag by the time I got down there.
Checked out the beach briefly - one Black Headed Gull coming into summer plumage, 27 Linnets feeding in the high tide wreckage but not much else.
Bones and Jason had four Jack Snipe on Taggs earlier on.
I met up with Neill and Tropical later and we checked around Pontins again in the grey biting cold.
Robins, Goldfinch, Magpies, Dunnock, Wren and a single Redwing overhead, but no Black Red.
Neill tried luring the bird in using his nifty palmtop, which plays all sorts of bird calls and songs...but Tropical seemed unimpressed.
Hardly surprising as I'm not sure how attractive the call of Long Billed Pipit is to Black Redstart.
Best bet for this bird is clearly early morning - pre-9am, unless you find yourself staying at Pontins for Christmas.
Nope, I didn't think you were...
Sands Lake had all the regulars, and hordes of Blackbirds (10+) plus finches, Greater 'pecker etc back in the garden at Dempsey Towers.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies.