Responsibilities - a new word in my vocabulary - meant I couldn't get over to Lincolnshire for the Steppe Grey Shrike today (Neill and Bazzo nailed it, but reported much unnecessary birder hassle of the rarity, so maybe it's as well I didn't go).
Instead I managed a whistlestop tour of the Withins and Plex, Moss, even spotting the sun once or twice.
About 2,000 Pinkies on the Withins, but otherwise just Skylarks, Kestrel and winter Starling flocks.
Round on Plex, although there was no shooting, it was still quiet - a few coveys of Red Legged Partridge and best of all a fine ringtail Hen Harrier sailing over the stubble and spooking Skylarks and Starlings in the process.
Thirty seven Curlews feeding at the Ainsdale end, with a Buzzard perched up close by, plus the usual Carrion Crows and a few Rooks.
Two Fieldfare in the garden at Dempsey Towers early this morning.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...
Adding insult to injury
Thanks to Neill Hunt for sending me these two shots of the Steppe Grey Shrike in Lincs...ouch, that hurts....
"Hi John", says a birded up Neill, "A good day had by all, the bird performed very well, even if it was pushed around a bit. We behaved ourselves and were rewarded with crippling views, sent a couple of shots, more on Marshsidebirders.com"