Marshside was still in the tight grip of ice and snow this morning, but mighty purrty while the sun was out.
Inland of the Coast Road was predictably quiet, with a few small groups of gulls and wildfowl, clustering round what open water they could find and the occasional foray by a Merlin to liven things up.
Seaward of the road was a different story - a good 5,000 Pinkies strung out along the marsh, all trying to find food in the snowy wastes.
The Barnacle Geese were still scattered amongst the Pinks, really standing out against the snow, but I failed to pick up any of the other goodies that have been lurking in this flock for the last week or two.
The horrible hybrid "blue phase Snow Goose" lookalike was there, but the Whitefronts just weren't playing ball.
A few hundred Skylarks on the outer marsh were frequently spooked by Merlins - several of 'em were working the area hard today, darting and zipping about after prey, before perching up again to assess the situation.
Nice male Hen Harrier having a similar effect on the larks too.
On the way home a female Sprawk creamed a Mipit over the dunes, and back at Dempsey Towers, Redwing and Fieldfare joined the garden feeding melee.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...