At the risk of stating the blindingly obvious, it was still bitterly cold today, with fewer birds moving than yesterday at Ainsdale.
Then there was a clear trickle of Skylarks north, Fieldfares, Redwing and even 4 Mute Swans caught up in hard weather movements...today there was less of it.
What there was though, were large numbers of thrushes in the dunes, with many Redwings in Birkdale Dunes and plenty of Fieldfares and Redwings at the top of Sands Lake.
Didn't get too near to them - when the weather is this harsh it is NOT a time to put pressure on the birdies - they're gonna be dying off in large numbers anyway if this cold snap continues, so the last thing they need is the stress of humans trying to get too close.
If shooters and ringers are suspending normal service because of the freeze-up, I guess birders should show a degree of responsibility too.
Contented myself with 'scoping one of several Song Thrushes which dropped in around the depot today, fresh from foraging for deep frozen snails in the Ainsdale dunes.
Stonechat and Reed Bunting sheltering in the buckthorn scrub too.
A brisk low tide seawatch at lunchtime revealed Lakeland and Snowdonian hills - and the Pennines - coated in snow, about 60 Common Scoter offshore, 4 Great Crested Grebe and a single Red Throated Diver.
A Grey Seal made a half-hearted attempt at hunting one small group of scoter in the shallows, but they crash dived as soon as they saw it.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...