Extremely pleasant half hour or so today watching a feeding flock of 25 Golden Plovers on the grass north of Crosby's Marine Lake in bright sunshine.
The birds were untypically confiding, yanking worms out of the defrosting ground like nobody's business.
Okay, there are plenty around in winter, but you don't usually get a chance to get so close, so I enjoyed my time with 'em.
I think the birds were remnants of yesterday's "new ice age sh*tstorm", which brought hail, snow, sleet, rain and god knows what battering down on my head as I checked round the lake.
Personally I though the thunder and lightning were completely unnecessary, especially as my tripod and scope were the only standy-up things in an otherwise flat landscape.
The harsh weather brought in 120 Goldies, at least 25 Curlew, 50+ Redshank, 25+ Sanderling, 10 Dunlin, 1 Turnstone and 50+ Lapwings to join 40+ Blackwits and Bar Tails on the grass, birds pushed west by wicked weather inland no doubt, and individuals that just couldn't face the beach in that weather - and who can blame them?
Still big flotillas of Tufties and Goldeneye on the lake, with 20 Pochard, 3 Shag, Great Crested Grebe and 3 RB Mergs, and a few Fieldfare and Redwing on the move.
The new automatic pump in the south west corner of the lake is working now, and already attracting gulls to the disturbed water - gotta be worth keeping an eye on in the future.
If I had the time, I think I'd be checking the geeses up at Marshside, where Clarko has had 11 Taiga Beans and a host of other species over the last few days - classy winter birding.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...