Went for a short stroll with Mrs D today - south down Ainsdale beach from Shore Road to Fisherman's Path, then inland to the Pinfold Path, back up to Ainsdale and onto the beach through the slacks and dunes again.
Cracking day though, plenty of sunshine and a good high tide.
The sea was a bit disappointing, despite the calm conditions there wasn't that much out there - about 35 Common Scoter, 7 Red Breasted Mergansers, 3 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Red Throated Divers were the pick of the bunch.
A few small gull roosts on the swell too, and parties of waders (Grey Plover, Oycs etc) flying past.
The pine woods around Fisherman's Path were simply heaving with singing Coal Tits, one or two Goldcrests and Treecreeper, and finches, but no Crossbills unfortunately.
A singleton Common Buzzard was circling over the alder wood, and later two were over the Pinfold Path.
Singing Mistle Thrush, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks and an obliging male Stonechat were the highlights in the dunes.
Marshside tomorrow I think.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...