Few Fieldfares and Mistle Thrushes around Dempsey Towers this morning as I scraped the ice off the wheels, rattling and chacking, but barely a sound in the dunes when I headed south from Ainsdale late morning - apart from the thin ice cracking as I waded through the slacks.
Two Stonechats, a few Mipits, Wrens, Blackbirds and the resident inquisitive Kestrels were the only things moving apart from corvids and gulls.
Six Whoopers over here earlier in the week, but just Mutes beating through the blue sky for all they were worth today.
A fine Short Eared Owl was good to see as it rose from a dune bank covered in Creeping Willow, and kept on heading away from me, with no inclination to drop down again.
Later in the day I was working in the dunes at Birkdale, where a few few finch flocks and gangs of Long Tailed Tits flitted through the scrub, and at least three Water Rail were squealing away for all they were worth.
More than 80 Mallard on one unfrozen area of slack, and Snipe rising from cover as I passed them by.
Barn Owl hunting around the Coast Road at 4pm - two owl sp in a day can't be bad.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...