Walked from Shore Road at Ainsdale up to Weld Road and back along the beach today - wasn't expecting too much, given the fact that the world and his wife/dog/children/horse/kite/4x4 were out enjoying the winter sun, and I wasn't disappointed.
Three Stonechats, a handful of Skylarks, Reed Bunting and 15 Linnets, the latter down at the Ainsdale end.
Up to 18 Carrion Crows rooting amongst the infinity of razorshells washed up along the high tide mark - along with sea urchins, dog whelks etc.
Sanderlings, Grey Plovers, Oycs and Barwits out in the channels as the tide receded and an adult Peregrine sitting on the sand nearer Weld Road.
Tried to get closer to it, but it let me move to within 200 metres and then flew off to the north east contemptuously.
Probably the bird Duncan Rothwell had seen flying past Ainsdale earlier in the day.
A quick look offshore just after the high tide revealed 8 Great Crested Grebes and three Red Throated Divers plus about 50 Common Scoter.
Good light with the sun making the grebes and divers shine white against the gentle swell - may be worth another look tomorrow over the tide.
Didn't bother looking for Jack Snipe in the marshier areas - they'd probably been disturbed enough by passersby, and when it gets frosty they tend to decamp over the Coast Road and into the Birkdale NR Slacks anyway - and that mysterious world is best left to Tropical Thomason....
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies....