Fine flock of 78 Twite feeding amongst the tidal debris at the southern end of Ainsdale beach this morning (and they were still there at 4pm this afternoon).
Strange place to see 'em, presumably they were on a jaunt away from Weld Road, and found the seed stash to their liking, in an area usually monopolised by Snow Bunts, but there have been none along there for the last few weeks now.
In the morning gloom absolutely no chance of reading any Twite colour rings, indeed the flock was flightier than a Starling at Sprawk fancy dress party.
You can just make out the little black blobs of Twite on the "point and press image" above, if you really use your imagination...
Otherwise, pretty quiet along the coast, with the usual waders and smaller numbers of gulls than of late.
John G had an adult Yellow Legged Gull at the top end of Ainsdale beach yesterday, but there was no sign of it when I came off the shore this afternoon.
Nuthatch calling at Albert Road in Formby again this morning, and a Common Buzzard mewing away there too.
Before I forget, a belated welcome to Marshside and hellody to new warden Alex Pigott - there she is look, and here's some of the RSPB press release about her...
Unlike the birds who normally fly south in the winter, Alex has come north, all the way from Sussex where she was a warden with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) at Arundel. Coincidentally, her predecessor at Marshside, Graham Clarkson, moved on to work with the WWT.
Alex said: "Although it's been absolutely freezing outside, I've just got wrapped up and stuck in. The birds seem to have coped with these conditions, with a surprising number of them keeping to the shoreline where the tides kept the ice at bay and brought in a continuous supply of fresh food. Once the ice thawed, large numbers of the geese and ducks, which the reserve is famous for, reappeared as if by magic".
Alex added: "We're looking for more volunteers to spend time with our visitors, so if you have an interest in wildlife and like talking to people - do get in touch and I'll tell you more about it".
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...