Walked all the way down to the second metal barrier south of Shore Road on Ainsdale beach late this afternoon without a sniff of any Snow Buntings, and was well on the way back when I came across the flock of 6 birds Ralph Jones told us about earlier in the week.
It was past 4pm and the light had gone, so there was no chance of taking any decent pics - if someone has time tomorrow (in daylight) they could be good though, as the birds were fairly approachable.
Breaking all the rules of Snow Buntery, the little weasels were out on the wet sand rather than foraging in the tidal debris at the top of the beach.
They were whizzing about like Sanderlings searching for food, with at least one male in the flock, although I'd have had to have used a flashlight to be absolutely sure of the rest, it was so dark when I found 'em.
After about 15 minutes they flew off south to the area where Ralph had seen them earlier, trilling away - nice....certainly nicer than the albino-ish Chaffinch posing as a Snow Bunting in the Daily Mail over the festive period - good to see that organ is maintaining its usual grip on reality.
On the down side, the boat I've had my eye on as a possible escape vehicle should the need arise is now in a parlous state - strange, it looked okay when I last checked it in November.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...