The two Snow Buntings were still on Ainsdale beach this afternoon, just south of the first metal barrier (south down the shore from Pontins and the Ainsdale Discovery Centre), feeding away like crazy, scurrying over the sand and occasionally trilling that lovely call of theirs.
Fairly approachable now, as long as you don't get TOO close....often it's better to get ahead of them on the high tideline and let them come to you.
The only time they sat still while I watched them was when a Buzzard started mewing over the dunes to the south, and they froze in alarm for all of a few seconds before beachcombing for seeds again for all they were worth.
Earlier I spent a few hours up at Marshside, which is still largely iced up, and consequently light on wildfowl and waders etc.
That said there were a few hundred Pink Feet scattered along the outer marsh - always entertaining watching those things trying to walk on ice - you'd think they'd find it easier given where they come from.
The male Hen Harrier was still quartering the edge of the marsh, scattering good numbers of Skylarks, as two hungry Merlins and a Sprawk looked on.
Far out (and we're talking Great White Dot range here), the three Short Eared Owls were flapping about across Crossens Outer and Banks Marsh, with one getting a hammering from two Carrion Crows.
No fewer than 30 Whooper Swans out there too, with plenty of Little Egrets, Grey Heron etc.
No sign of the "big fella", but as Andy Bate had him out on Churchtown Moss today (see the comment on previous entry) , maybe he's taking a break from the marsh.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...