Haven't seen the Withins and Great Altcar mosses so busy since the ill-advised great naked ploughing competition of 1987 - loads of folk working out in the fields today, so it was pretty quiet, apart from the odd Buzzard and Pheasant.
Plex was a different kettle of fish however - starting with 18 Rooks, which I watched playing around in the tops of trees on Station Lane, cawing away, carrying sticks and generally having fun.
Always worth watching for a few minutes.
Helicopters aren't usually a problem on the mosses, but this guy below did a first rate job of spooking the geese (there are about 16,000 on the mosses at present according to one of the shooting parties out today) - he'd be laughing on the other side of his face if a big fat Pinkie clattered into his rotor blades.
In the unlikely event anyone knows him, please pass on my regards...
Skylarks in good numbers now, bubbling away in loose winter groups, a few Meadow Pipits, and two Stonechats, a male and female, out on Plex.
A few thousand Pinkies were feeding out between Plex and Carr Moss, but I couldn't see anything out of the ordinary amongst 'em.
Partridge shootin' saw them all take to the skies, wheeling about, so signalling the end of any chance of pinning down the Ross's Goose - a small white goose was in with them earlier in the afternoon apparently.
A few Grey Wagtails calling overhead today - and another two over Dempsey Towers this evening, seems to be good numbers of 'em going through at the moment.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...