Some days you know it's not going to work - got out of the city with a feel of Spring to the air (I know, I know, but I can almost smell the migrants now), picked up my gear and headed out to Plex Moss, only to find the track closed after yet another dweeb HGV driver had put too much faith in their SatNav and ended up in a ditch as a result.
Real men and women don't use SatNav, they put their faith in expert navigators like Tropical Thomason, who has consistently failed over the years to lead us to our destination in a direct line - but the journeys have been all the more entertaining for it...
Anyway, I doubled back and nipped over Downholland Moss, which was quiet bar singing Song Thrush and lazy Kestrels.
A few skeins of Pinkies in the air, but nothing major.
The Withins were quiet too, bar coveys of Red Legged Partridge, and a few small groups of Lapwings beginning to come back onto the ploughed fields.
One large flock of at least 300 Lapwings were heading out towards fields nearer Formby, and two Buzzards were hassling the pre-roost Starlings.
One flock of 200+ Common Gulls between Great Altcar and Formby and a large herd of Pinkies on stubble just before the Lighthouse roundabout on the by-pass, but no way of pulling over to check them.
And that was about it.
Before I forget, thanks and apologies to Austin Thomas, who kindly sent me this superb shot of a Blue Tit a week or so ago, which I completely forgot to put on the blog (too much on my mind at present...soz),so here it is...
I hope you are well.
Here is one that your viewers may like to see. It is not very often we
get snow so I thought I'd set about capturing some bird in flight
behaviour as they jumped around the feeders in search of food."
Link to Austin's site is on the right.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...