Leaving too late from the office for there to be enough time left for birding this afternoon, I had a quick look in the garden at Dempsey Towers - just as this Greater 'Pecker flew in to batter hell out of one of the nut feeders.
He really gave the thing a good hammering, but hanging off the bottom of it like that, using his tail for balance, didn't seem the most comfortable way to eat your tea.
Getting stuck in, the bird's head was a blur as it drilled into the feeder, happily a regular sight at Dempsey Towers in the winter months.
Plenty of titmice - Blue, Great, Coal - and Gringoes, Chaffinch and Goldfinch, with one or two Goldcrests calling from the trees, and Robins, Wrens and Blackbirds aplenty.
A single Red Admiral too, despite the nip in the air.
Nocturnal Birding Club duties can only be days away as the light goes and the evenings draw in...
Still, on the upside I had great views of a Barn Owl flying across Formby by-pass just south of the Lighthouse roundabout at 5.30am this morning, and yesterday, I watched a Peregrine cutting through the cranes and buildings across from the Echo and Post offices in the afternoon.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...