Failed spectacularly to read the ring sequence on not one, but two colour ringed BHGs on the beach at Ainsdale yesterday - one had a white ring with black lettering (last three digits, "HLP"), the other was blue with white lettering and off like a rat up a drainpipe.
Hopefully I'll get a closer look at 'em soon.
Things were better today, with a nice big gull roost over the tide at Weld Road, which I didn't have time to check through, and this morning a calling Crossbill overhead, plus Redpoll, Bullfinch and male Sprawk in Birkdale LNR.
Shame the Crossbill showed no inclination to land.
A few Short Eared Owls down around Cabin Hill still apparently, and the Glauc was doing its thang at dusk, hunting low over the Green Beach like a demented Barn Owl.
Pleasingly it is not quite as approachable now, and no longer limping, so maybe it is recovering from whatever ailed it.
The bird even managed an angry Glauc face when it got hassled by some Carrion Crows, before having to go out for a rest on the strandline as a "hole in the cloud" sunset briefly illuminated the murky beach.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...