Lots to do today, but managed a quick call in at Marshside (Merlin, 60+ Avocets...ringtail Hen Harrier seen earlier in the day) and Martin Mere (300+ Pinkies still about), before pitching down at Mere Sands Wood for an hour.
The wicked westerly was ripping through the trees, but it was pleasant enough in the sunshine with a few Swallows zooming about above the woodland canopy.
The usual stuff coming down to the feeding stations (Reed Bunts, Tree Sparrows, Chaffinch etc), but you can only shoot ducks in a barrel for so long before it's time to move on.
Greater Pecker, hordes of Coal Tit and at least seven singing Chiffchaff, with Siskins and Redpolls calling in the treetops.
The odd snatch of Blackcap song from denser areas of woodland.
Two Crossbills were sitting unobtrusively in the swaying birch boughs behind the old Tower Hide, but moved off into the pines after a few minutes.
Devilish hard to get a digishot of them through the branches.
I gave it 30 minutes or so in case they came back into the birches, but the treetops were being pushed about in the westerly like a kelp forest in a Californian rip tide, so I cut my losses.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...