With festivities impending I got out onto Plex Moss for an hour or so this afternoon.
Misty, but calm with at least 3,000 Pink Feet strung out in several flocks on the ploughed fields and stubble around Gettern's Farm.
Many of the birds look really dark now, having rummaged in the black Lancashire earth for the last few days.
Couldn't pick up anything out of the ordinary with them.
Buzzard and two flocks of Corn Bunting out there too, with 20 birds in one flock and 14 in the other.
Two Mistle Thrushes singing out on Plex this afternoon.
If anything, the back garden of Dempsey Towers was more interesting, with male Blackcap and Greater 'Pecker amongst the titmice and finches at the feeders and three Redwing, four Mistle Thrush and seven or more Blackbirds fighting over cotoneaster berries.
Commendably I resisted the temptation to take a shot of a singing Christmas Robin.
The thrushes were too flighty to get a pic, but I may try again over the next few days. Just one problem...
A wee scratch on my scope may pose something of a hinderance to this plan (how did that happen?), but I'm sure a bit of Sellotape and the thing will be good as new...
Oh dear, in the immortal words of Jellyhead Jackson "look after your kit and your kit will look after you..."
Luckily it's just the clear filter that's trashed (good job I use one - they really protect the lens), but I'll give Autoglass Repair a quick call anyway to see if they come out on Christmas Eve.
On the subject of Christmas and all things festive, hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year - thanks for all the comments, info and pictures you've sent in over 2008.
One final question - does anyone know where the hell I can get one of these before the shops shut?
And more importantly, how do I wrap it?
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...