Crystal clear afternoon on the beach at Ainsdale today, visibility was sharp as a tack, with the hills of Lakeland so bright with snow behind Blackpool you could count the tobogganing mint-cake munchers of Cumbria whizzing down the fells with carefree abandon (okay, that may be an exaggeration - they weren't going that fast).
On the tideline, stretching from Ainsdale north was a white rim of gulls - thousands of 'em...there MUST be something good in that lot!
With 'em were Barwits, Grey Plover, Knot, Dunlin, Oycs and Sanderling.
One particularly unlucky Knot was chased by a murderous Common Gull for nearly three minutes before it managed to shake the gull off.
Offshore not a great deal, despite the superb visibility - 7 Goldeneye and two Common Scoter apart from the Cormorants, so I wandered off to see if the Snow Bunts were still about.
Despite all the dogwalkers/model plane flyers/wood collectors/joggers that the sun had brought out, the 5 Snow Buntings were still trying to eke a living out of the tideline south of the Discovery Centre.
Only managed about five minutes with the little white blurs though, as they sprinted along the sand, before a dogwalker, this one with binoculars remarkably (and Leicas at that), sent his mutt racing into them and they trilled off away to the south end of the beach and relative peace and quiet.
Thanks for that.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...