Back in work after a festive weekend colder than a Ptarmigan's ice-box, and a thaw was finally setting in along the coast.
Still large numbers of birds crowded into the small ice-free northern corner of Southport Marine Lake - 24+ Pochards, Tufted Duck, the "Caramac" leucistic Red Crested Pochard, Mute Swans (with Black Swan in tow), Pintail, Wigeon and so many Coot, I suspect the flotilla maybe visible from space.
Good numbers of the Coot there are colour ringed now, as are some birds on the Sands Lake at Ainsdale, the bangles adding to their general air of magnificence. Some weren't so healthy it must be said, with at least three dead 'uns out on the ice on the Marine Lake, victims of the biting cold of the last week or so.
Further down the coast, a reasonable gull roost was building up along the ice floe on Ainsdale beach in the murk, but they need to be left in peace until the weather picks up a bit more and they can start feeding normally, rather than swooping into the garden at Dempsey Towers to dispossess the Blackbirds, finches etc of food.
Now is not the time to be disturbin' em.
A trip down to Formby to check the Lifeboat Rd site revealed large numbers of Redwings, with smaller groups of Fieldfares, scattered about all over the place - in from the mosses probably, but there still hordes of 'em out on Altcar Moss when I drove across there on Sunday (and a Little Owl on Carr Moss).
Ain't seen or heard many Pinkies in the last few days though.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...