Had a quick look around the Sands Lake at Ainsdale after work - just in case the freeze-up had pushed anything onto to it, but all was normal.
Two areas of clear water meant everything was pushed into tight groups - 70+ Tufties, 2 Pochard, 8 Shovelers, Mallard and uncomfortable looking gulls.
Water Rail squealing from cover halfway up, and one of the Mute Swans was calling repeatedly - not a call you hear that often, but then if I'd have had to walk around on ice in my bare feet all day, I'd probably have something to say about it too.
Especially with those big splitty-splatties.
Song Thrush, Redwing, Goldcrest, titmice etc in the bushes, and on the ice, Coots looking far more cheesed off than normal.
Roll on spring.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...