I had planned to spend a bit of time with the Snow Buntings at Ainsdale today, especially with the morning sun, but Mrs D wanted to make a spicy pepper/chillie/tomato soup, so I was drafted in to hunt ingredients.
Took longer than planned, so I managed an hour over the mosses as the cloud seeped in from the South West.
Soup was damn fine though.
Plex Moss was pretty quiet - but a hunting party was out and about, so no surprise really.
Few flocks of Chaffinch, Goldfinch, 32 Curlew and still plenty of corvids all the same.
Pausing to check the gull flock by Worrall House Farm it was nice to see the adult winter plumage Med Gull was still about.
Initially close to the road, it flew to the back fields when a truck went by.
No chance of decent pix today - but a nice clean individual all the same, with dark ear coverts starting to get darker.
Several skeins of Pink Feet were rising off the fields south of the Withins and heading out towards Lydiate, but best of all were the two Ravens which have been in the general area all winter.
Great views of them as they flapped about, occasionally calling.
Way too wary to get close, I left them soaring over Great Altcar.
Thanks to Si Glinn, who sent me this back garden shot of Goldcrest in the week.
"It's hardly Richard Steel, but this wee fella is still a daily visitor", Si explains. "So many people are seeing them in gardens regularly this winter, for the first time."
Indeed they are Si.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies....