Seems churlish I know, to complain about the sunshine after a week of grey and wet, but the bright conditions made checking through the Pink Feet just about impossible on the Withins this afternoon.
A shame as there were at least 2,000 birds in the fields, with more coming and going.
Couldn't get round behind them so I had to scan through them looking into the sun - not the best way to look for a Bean!
Mike Stocker had a taiga bird out there last Sunday, so I was hoping to score today - but they were pretty much silhouettes, albeit close and settled.
On the up side, there were plenty of Buzzards soaring about - I saw 5 together, and earlier Phil Smith had seen 8.
Phil had 10 Crossbills over Freshfield Dune Heath yesterday too.
Otherwise the fields were kinda "January-quiet", with Carrion Crows, Mistle Thrushes etc.
A hunting Peregrine brought a few minutes of excitement...
No gulls in the field beside Worrall House Farm today.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...