Low cloud, gloom and near constant showers - perfect combination for a quick tour of Plex this afternoon.
The place didn't have much to commend it, it had to be said.
A few hunting Kestrels, and with two parties of hunters out in the fields, not many gamebirds - there was a covey of about 25 Red Legged Partridges hiding by the hedge on Station Lane, and nearby about 17 Rooks, two or three of which were happily cawing and carrying sticks around some of the taller trees at the back of a farmer's compound.
About 2,500 Pink feet on the fields between Plex and Carr Moss, behind Plex Moss Farm, and a few surly looking FIeldfares in the hedgerow there.
Not much else - one or two Grey Herons semi-roosting in the fields nearer Ainsdale, but then days completely devoid of sunshine at this time of year are never easy.
Two Jays in the garden at Dempsey Towers this morning, and the male Blackbirds there are starting to look kinda dapper again.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...