A great day - wall to wall sunshine on the mosses, which, now the main shooting season seems to have stopped, are slowly getting better and better.
Drove out onto Plex today, then round onto Haskayne and Formby Mosses, before doing the Withins and Altcar Moss.
Several groups of Stock Doves about - including 18 on Plex, where there were still three feeding parties of Fieldfares and Mistle Thrushes.
25-30 Corn Buntings were in the overgrown sprout field to the west of the burnt-out for sale farmhouse on Plex Moss Lane, just across from the new-ish pool.
A bit flighty, occasionally they perched up in the strip of hawthorn by the field, and two of them even began "singing" if you can describe Corn Bunting noise that way.
Daffs flowering by the roadside, and fresh leaves on some of the hawthorn hedges, but the wind was still mighty nippy.
A flock of 190 Lapwings were between Carr and Plex Mosses. Parties of Skylarks were still in the stubble too.
Despite the bright sunshine, there weren't many Buzzards up - one here and there and a party of three together over Rosemary Wood, Haskayne.
On the other side of Plex, I lucked onto a pair of Grey Partridges right by the road, and after some outrageous and painful contortionism managed to get a few shots of 'em from the car.
Nice birds, when you get up close to 'em.
From there I headed over onto Haskayne Moss following a skein of about 2,500 Pinkies in the blue sky.
A Great Crested Grebe was still with the Coot on the fishing pool at Haskayne, and the geese were feeding right by the road at the western edge of Formby Moss.
More contortionism and I was able to give 'em a good scoping from the car, before low flying planes spooked them all and they went off onto the fields behind Formby Hall, and out of sight.
Did manage a single adult Eurasian White Front before they went though, which was very nice.
The Withins and Altcar Moss were fairly quiet, apart from Buzzard, Kestrel, Starling etc, but I did get stunning close up views of a hunting ringtail Hen Harrier.
A wing tagged, bird, presumably from Bowland (come in number 17), I didn't dare get out of the car as it drifted past me.
Later I found it eating prey in a stubble field on Altcar Moss - hopefully the blown-up shots below may help harrier freaks identify the individual, or "No. 17" as it is probably known.
What a bird, been a while since I've watched one on the deck for so long, and a great way to end the day.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...