Dempsey Towers was on fine form this morning, with Chaffinch, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Goldcrest and Starling all singing away again.
A male Blackcap zipped into the feeders to grab some fat before scooting off, and there were four Siskins coming and going, including two fine singing males.
Best of all was a male Brambling, which came into the seed early doors, but disappeared and never showed up again after I'd got my scope and camera - a pity, as it was a cracker - nice and dark above, heading into summer plumage, with great big orange shoulder patches.
At least they do tend to come back, and I'll be ready next time.
Three Redwings in the treetops.
In stark contrast, the mosses were absolutely pants.
I checked the Withins and Plex and left wondering why I'd bothered.
Apart from numerous Red Legged Partidges tuning up (has anyone seen any Greys recently?), and four Buzzards over Altcar Moss, it was dire.
60+ Fieldfares on Plex though, and between 38 and 50 Whooper Swans on the fields between Plex and Carr Moss, but they were too far off to work through closely.
Kestrel, single Sprawk and a few small skeins of Pinkies were the only other birds of note.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies.