"Post Snow Bunting. Snow Bunting Post", to paraphrase the great Tommy Cooper - apologies for the shot, but it's really hard to digiscope when you haven't got a scope with you...
Hiding behind a post was fooling no one, but it made getting close rather tricky.
This was one of four Snow Buntings at the south end of Ainsdale beach this afternoon.
Without getting great views, they appeared to be two males and two females/imms, presumably the two birds Chris F reported on the Green Beach last week plus another two.
At the same time these were on Ainsdale, Ralph Jones had another two on Southport beach - something of a mini-influx, and a month earlier than last year.
Typically scurrying about, easily outwitting my crappy "point and press" camera in the gloom of a damp November day.
A few Turnstones on the tideline too today, with Sanderling, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover etc.
No sign of the Snow Bunts when I drove back up the beach at dusk, but they could easily have gone to roost by then.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...