Went down to Marshside for the first time in awhile today - the place was still frozen solid, so as you'd expect birds were few and far between.
Song Thrushes, Greenfinch and Blackbirds foraging in the bushes north of the Sandgrounders Hide, and a pair of squealing Water Rails squabbling away there.
Top marks to the Little Egrets, looking decidedly cheesed off and pondering the wisdom of northern expansion - four of 'em were still skittering about looking for somewhere to feed.
Surprisingly a handful of Blackwits and Lapwings were floating around - they usually head west pronto when it starts to freeze.
Quite a number of displaced Snipe about too.
Shovelers, Pintail, Teal and Mallard on the iced up Sandplant Lagoon. 31 of the former on the Sands Lake, which is also frozen up, apart from a small area of water by the island.
On the marsh, about 1,000 Pinkies on Crossens Outer, although most were too far out to really sort through.
The ones on the cropped turf were easier.
A flock of 25 finches out there may or may not have been Twite - they never came close enough to grill. Looked Twitey though.
Met up with Jellyhead Jackson, who picked out a nice big fat female Peregrine on the outer marsh, but we headed for the hills once frostbite started to kick in.
Plans to check the Sandplant compound were aborted with the arrival of a scrote on a scrambler bike - ah, the joys of the great British countryside.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...