Dropped into the bird fair at Martin Mere this afternoon and had a gander at all the lovely books and stuff.
Once I'd had my fill of poking Nenes and marvelling at new titles including "Geometrid Biodiversity in the Fireflies of the Bibblybobbly Delta", (a snip at £250), I pulled out and went for a walk round Mere Sands.
Unfortunately the November sun meant plenty of other folk had the same idea, but there were still mucho Nuthatch, Tree Sparrow, Gtr Pecker etc to watch.
On the water at least 17 Goosander, all a bit far off for digiscopage, with Great Crested Grebe and Goldeneye, Kingfisher and Jay - very pleasant.
The Goosanders were steaming around, with the males chasing each other and diving frequently.
Treecreeper, Goldcrest and Long Tailed Tits zipping through the bare branches.
Yesterday provided classic winter grey on the mosses - drizzle and leaden skies, with a bone-chilling breeze.
Plenty of Pinks behind Altcar, with a fine ringtail Hen Harrier sailing through the gloom over the stubble, its white backside shining in the murk.
Hardly a day to raise the spirits though.
A big test mast has gone up south of the Withins presumably for the proposed windfarm there.
Anyone for minced Pinkies?
Finally thanks to Philip Collins for sending me this shot of a mossland Little Owl - cracking wee bird Phil!
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...