As sure as empty boxes and binbags stuffed with wrapping paper follow the fat feller with the red pyjama suit, so xmas trees ready for re-purposing start to arrive at Lifeboat Rd in Formby after New Year.
This is good, 'cos I can use 'em to shore up the dune defences and replace the trashed/burnt/lost trees I put in last year....why not drop your old tree off there?
Just leave it in the events field before the car park - you can't miss it, there's a big pile of old xmas trees there.
So much more satisfying to think the ex-conifer will be put to good use, rather than staring uncomfortably as the last needles drop off the branches in your backyard in April.
Inbetween creating windbreaks with 'em today, I had a quick look over the high tide at lunchtime - no 'scope, but it was nice just to be back on the beach again.
Two fine drake Eiders heading north close offshore was the best I managed, followed by a handful of Red Throated Divers, Great Crested Grebes, 30+ Common Scoter and a handful of auks, tazzing south like shiny white rugby balls, and way too far out to id with binolicars only.
Plenty of commoner waders feeding in the channels once the tide had receded, and now more than 50 Carrion Crows foraging on the beach around Formby Point.
Thanks to Ron Jackson for sending me a link to his video of the Waxwings over in Red Cat Lane, Burscough - you can watch it here
Is it me, or are Waxwings really Starlings in drag?
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...