Despite the thick blanket of fog this morning, the day started well enough when I bumped into two Snow Buntings feeding on the tideline at the southern end of Ainsdale beach, between the two metal barriers.
Although flighty the birds were still there when I came back up the beach at the end of the day.
Remarkably hard to pick up against the dark tideline, but as usual approachable as long as you don't try to get too close. I just enjoyed them through the 'scope for a few minutes, as they whizzed about as normal, grabbing seeds and other food items.
This behaviour means the birds can be swine to try and digiscope - they're always moving, or their bills are unflatteringly covered in sand and seeds. One pale bird appeared to be a male, the other looked like a female, but interestingly neither bird much resembled the one I saw briefly on the beach down at Formby yesterday morning.
No sign of the latter today while I was planting marram, and annoyingly the fog lifted late morning, only to come down again when I took a lunchbreak.
So although the sea was flat calm and the tide was high, visibility was pants on a cosmic scale.
That said, I could see at least nine Red Throated Divers, including one bird in full summer plumage and about 20 Great Crests, but the scoters were just black blobs in the murk - you can't do anything with them when they're like that.
Such is the way of it.
Didn't get a chance to go thro' the gulls on Ainsdale beach this evening, but there looked to have been plenty of 'em, judging by the remains of the roost.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...