With way too much garbage whirling round the normally empty barn between my ears at the moment I went for a stroll round the Sands Lake at Ainsdale this afternoon.
Didn't fancy another dusk encounter with the 6 Snow Buntings on the beach, especially on such a raw, grey afternoon (Chris Bridge took a few shots of 'em earlier and says he'll send 'em onto the blog anyway - ta Chris), so had a look in at the lake in the unlikely event there was anything new down there.
Four Fieldfare were nice, perching up in the trees beside the Coast Road, and a party of Long Tailed Tits were around the top end.
Eight Shovelers around the island, but these three males were about the most animated.
Four Pochard, 60+ Tufties plus the usual Mallards, Mute Swan pair and Coots getting friskier by the minute...
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...