Spent most of today on dune protection work (signposts, "Christmas tree wrangling" etc) down at Formby Point, where good numbers of the commoner waders were zipping past, or feeding in the channels before high tide.
A trip into Southport to the garage with a poorly Land Rover produced a calling Goldcrest at the south end of Lord Street (they're still kinda scarce I think, after the no-show last autumn), and on the way back down the Coast Road, no fewer than three Sparrowhawks gliding in high from the west, but dropping down over the dunes - I wonder where the hell they've come from?
The woods around Lifeboat Road this afternoon held Treecreeper, Tool Kits, Jay and Greater 'Pecker, but I'd rather have checked out the Red crested Pochard on the Marine Lake.
A few enquiries suggest that this bird has probably been on the lake since Sunday at least...while a Bittern north of Sandgrounders this afternoon was pretty spectacular too.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...