Lovely crisp conditions today, so I headed down to Marshside for an hour or two, rather than risk financial ruin perusing the book stands at the bird fair.
As expected there had been something of a clear out on the marsh thanks to the heavy frost, but there were still a few Blackwits and Lapwings about.
Snipe rose from the outer marsh as a Sparrowhawk skimmed south and two Cormorants were loafing around the Sandplant pool.
Seven Pochards and a Ruddy Duck were dozing on the bank too, amongst the Wigeon, Pintail and Shoveler.
I joined SiG, Jason and Bones to look over the outer marsh from the remains of the Sandplant walls, but it was pretty quiet.
Squeaky arrived shortly after for a hard scoping of the estuary.
At least 7 Little Egrets out there, with a few hundred Pinkies, loads of Wigeon, plus Kestrel and Merlin.
Hoped for a hunting Hen Harrier, but it never materialised.
Robins, Wrens, Song Thrush and Blackbird in what remains of the scrub on the southern side.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...