Just for a change after endless days of dark, grey and rain on the west coast, Mrs D and I headed over to the east coast last night to see the Outlaws.
After a gargantuan fry-up I headed up to Far Ings in the shadow of the Humber Bridge this morning, as the rain came lashing down, the light went and gale force winds whipped over the site - not the best conditions for a bit o' birding, and most of the usual winter goodies here - Bittern, Smew, Waxwings etc were keeping a low profile.
It was good to see it ain't just home having lousy weather, but in retrospect I shoulda gone to ogle the Scunthorpe Great Northern Diver instead.
Pochard, Goldeneye and Tufties on the water with a few Great Crested Grebes, Bullfinch and Treecreeper in the scrub.
Willow Tit was as reliable as ever here, with one bird calling away and coming into feeders, but attempts at photography were probably best left in the delete bin....although they do suggest the risible conditions, and the blurry mess below shows the pale wing panel on the critter (if you squint really hard).
Still tomorrow is another day (and year).
Hoping 2013 brings you good birding....and maybe even some sunshine.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...