Dragged Bazzo outdoors this morning and headed up to Marshside in the light rain, before nipping over to Mere Sands Wood, where the rain stopped messing around and got serious.
Crossens Outer was a bad place for a vole/frog/small prey item to be this morning, with the Bittern still present, two Short Eared Owls, the sub-adult male Hen Harrier, 5 Grey Herons, a Merlin and 2 Kestrels, all patrolling the area.
Plenty of Pinkies and Little Egrets about too.
In fact I could have stayed for an hour or two, but Bazzo had his year ticking head on and wanted to check out Mere Sands for woodland species.
The feeding stations were busy around the reserve, with Bullfinch, Nuthatch, Reed Bunts, titmice, Tree Sparrows etc all coming down to grab seed in the dank, grey conditions.
At least three Goosanders (2 fem, 1 m) on the water, although a large section of the main mere was still frozen.
Flock of Redpolls had been about earlier, put we couldn't pin them down today - maybe next time.
200+ Whoopers on Marsh Moss Lane on the way back to Southport, with Corn Bunts, 3 Buzzards and Red Legged Partridge on Churchtown Moss.
By the way, can anyone tell us what the lampost is for by the main lake at Mere Sands?
Answers on a postcard please.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...