Busy chopping and a burnin' buckthorn in the LNR at Birkdale again this week, which when it's frosty and sunny is about as pleasant a place to work as you can get.
Plenty of Redwings and small numbers of Fieldfares over the site this morning as I coaxed the controlled burn of frost-encrusted branches into life, with the usual Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Mipits and squealing Water Rail.
One or two Snipe up, and the Pinkies' daily commute out to the estuary each evening is as stirring as ever.
John G was ringing nearby today and he dropped in to show Dave Pennington and I two of his haul - a cracking young female Blackcap, and a young Redwing.
What a thrush!
The Redwing was particularly pleasing, as seven are in the garden at Dempsey Towers trying to feed on cotoneaster berries at the moment.
Unfortunately most times they come sighing in, Mr Mardybum (see earlier entry) comes swooping in rattling like a loon to chase 'em off.
Leaving me with just the hulking great crazy one to digiscope through the window.
This Mistle Thrush even seems to take it as a personal affront when Goldfinches and all too briefly, one of two occasional Bramblings, attempt to visit the sunflower and nyger seeds.
Dave P probably had the best of the day today, when he flushed a Woodcock on his way to the site, and watched a Barn Owl hunting along the Coast Road at dusk as he left.
Finally, apologies to Tropical Thomason - Trops I promise I'll get your fevered account of scoring "kitchen plover" on the blog asap.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...