Wasn't really expecting to get out today, but it brightened up a bit early afternoon, so I headed down to the marsh, which was still all frozen up.
Only three Mallards and a Curlew braved the ice covered Sandplant lagoon.
30+ Pochard with Tufties and 3 Little Grebes were crowded round the patch of open water in front of Sandgrounders Hide, and with them the Green Winged Teal, dabbling away and generally showing off.
Okay, so it's not a Glaucous Winged Gull - but then, what is?
Wigeon and Pintail at point blank range too, but not that many waders on the inland side - apart from Blackwits and Curlew, only to be expected given the cold conditions.
Over the other side of the road, about 700 Pinkies were in the outer marsh and were spooked by this hunting Marsh Harrier, which sent them scattering before heading off on its way.
Just a bit too far off to get any nice digiscoped shots, but it was around for about 45 minutes, until a Carrion Crow began hassling it and before both birds went up high to the north.
Could just make out a little bit of pale feathering on the forewing.
Perched up halfway out was a pale Common Buzzard too.
Otherwise Stonechats, Merlin, Kestrel etc out there and 7 + Little Egrets.
Tawny Owl in the back garden at Dempsey Towers was nice last night, and now four Fieldfares coming into the garden, with all the usual.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...
PS: Si Glinn's Twite shots from Weld Road today