Raw, grey and cold on the beach between Shore Road and Weld Road today - apart from a few early sunny spells, it was snow flurries and mucho grande windchill all the way.
Luckily over 20 GBBs (for them at least) had something to keep them occupied - the carcass of an adult Harbour Porpoise - presumably the same animal that Joyce Jarvis mentioned a few days back.
They were really tearing into it, chasing off Carrion Crows and Herring Gulls if they came too close to the prize like Vultures at a dead Wildebeest on the Serengeti.
About 400 yards further south another dead Harbour Porpoise - a smaller animal - had also got the GBB treatment and there wasn't much left of it....you never know it just might bring in an Ivory Gull tho' - it was certainly cold enough.
My suspicions about a mini-ice age were confirmed, when in a brief sunny spell a dirty great Antonov came roaring low over the beach - could be part of an influx from Russia, or more likely Warton...
Common Scoter and Red Throated Diver offshore, and a big flock of gulls feeding on something out in the bay south of the rig.
Didn't really look for the Snow Bunts today, but hopefully they're still around.
Up at Marshside the Scaup and Green Winged Teal were all present and correct.
The Shoveler and 3 Little Grebes around the Sandgrounders hide looked positively sulky as the snow flurries got heavier.
Things had started so well earlier on at Dempsey Towers, with bright sunshine and a nice singing male Siskin in the back garden, along with Goldcrest and growing numbers of finches.
But that's the way it goes sometimes.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...