Working on the coast down around Hall Road and Crosby today in glorious conditions - real hint of spring (suffused the inescapable resignation that one should never shed ones' bilstons till May).
Waders and a few small groups of ducks moving over the tide at Hall Road, and a Skylark in full song there, which was heartening, but a noticeable absence of Stonechats was a bit worrying - there are ALWAYS Stonechats north of the Coastguard Station....hopefully they haven't been hammered by the sub-zero winter month.
Looking out into the bay, you could almost imagine the first Sandwich Terns winging by, or a Wheatear flitting over the rubble beach.
They'll come, but it'll be a week or three, or four, yet.
Didn't have time to look too closely at Crosby Marine Lake, although there were yachts out on the water in the February sun, consequently only a few gulls on the water.
Seaforth, with its recent Yankee Herring Gull and Purple Sand was just a great big fence away - so near, yet so far.
Back at home this evening, a flock of 20+ Redwing whizzed into roost at Dempsey Towers, which added to the Brambling and SIskin scoffing financially ruinous amounts of sunflowers seeds, was a good way to end the day.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...