It was absolutely "the beast Mr 'Olmes, 'orrible it was Mr 'Olmes, it scarpered off into the rhododendrons, so it did sir", today, thick freezing fog that made checking the coast pretty pointless so I pushed inland on the off-chance conditions were better at Mere Sands Wood,
At least there were plenty of birds around the feeders and in the woodland, with Brambling, Bullfinch, Nuthatch, parties of Siskin, titmice and a large group of Redwing near the car park.
The water was almost entirely frozen.
Can't remember seeing quite so many Robins here before - up to five at a time on the tables, with a minimum of fighting, and at least 18 around the centre alone.
Nuthatch were calling too - I like Nuthatch and still find them a bit of a novelty in our area. Cool wee birds.
Shame it was so misty I couldn't get a good pic of any of 'em...
Left Mere Sands mid-afternoon and it looked like the mist was going to lift momentarily on the marsh, so I pulled over and checked the Sandgrounders Hide. Within minutes the fog had descended again, shrouding Teal, Pinkies etc in the gloom.
"Quick, back to Baker St, Watson!"
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...