This Barwit was looking decidedly peaky on Formby beach yesterday afternoon, but I couldn't catch it...this morning it had succumbed, its feathers all iced up.
C'est la vie, c'est la mort.
But to echo Chris F's excellent comment on the previous entry, when it's this cold, birds don't need to be flushed - especially not on the Green Beach, they just cark it if it happens a few times in a day.
There's a time and a place for looking for skulky birds, and the depths of a deep freeze is neither that time nor place.
Lordy, if folk wanna see Jack Snipe that bad, please wait until the weather improves and I'll show 'em the bloody things myself for a small fee (ahem) - just contact me via the "Comments" and I'll sort summat out.
Still freezing today, but a flat calm high tide at Formby looked wonderful - no scope, so I couldn't emulate Bazzo's high scoring (see comment on previous entry), but I did see at least one flotilla of Scaup (25+ birds), 25 Great Crests and 4 Red Throated Divers as I worked.
Best of all was a nice flyby Snow Bunting at 2pm, moving north against the dunes...surely a different bird to John G's two at Ainsdale today?
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...