Barely enough light left for a walk around the Sands Lake at Ainsdale when I got home from work today, but I gave it a go anyway.
The Magpies were already gathering pre-roost, and on the water, the number of Tufted Duck has shot up to at least 91, presumably as a consequence of the cold snap in the week.
The gusty north westerly didn't help matters, and the bushes around the lake were pretty quiet - three or four Long Tailed Tits, and the usual Goldfinches, Wrens and Robins.
A flock of 19 Curlew came over from the south east later, heading out to roost on the beach, but the only splash of colour around today was the remaining clusters of Sea Buckthorn berries still on the spiky grey branches.
I can feel some Waxwing therapy coming on.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...