Finally managed to get out for a bit of new year birding this afternoon after a busy few days.
Plenty of squealing Water Rails in the flooded Birkdale dunes yesterday, with groups of Fieldfare, Bullfinch etc.
Today I headed over the mosses to the Withins, which initially appeared quiet, but delivered a nice range of raptors, with ringtail Hen Harrier, Sprawk, Merlin and plenty of Buzzards joining the Kestrels.
The muddy fields on Altcar Moss held a good feeding group of about 250 Whooper Swans, 300 Pinkies (with a single Barnacle Goose), and BHGs.
Plex was Saturday afternoon quiet, apart from a few Fieldfare, although a big concentration of Pinkies was on the fields between here and Carr Moss.
Too distant to work through, but at least 8,000 birds - wonder what was lurking amongst that lot.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...