With what I believed to be a surfeit of Brownie points accrued from various chores today, I nipped out onto Plex for an hour's fresh air this afternoon, hoping to bump into a few thrush flocks after yesterday's mass mobilisation.
All a bit autumn grey, but a few parties of Redwings and Fieldfares were skimming the treetops of the coverts, while Mistle Thrushes and elder chomping Blackbirds were far more obvious.
A grazing herd of 37 Pinkies, 16 Canada Geese and 8 Whoopers was a bit unusual - strange to see that species mix on Plex, but I left them nibbling away in peace.
Two Grey Wags over, a few Snipe and Linnet and Goldfinch flocks growing, while a big roving group of 17-20 Long Tailed Tits got the pulse racing in Haskayne Cutting, drawing in Robin, Blue Tit, Wren and Goldcrest.
Yellow Broweds were sadly conspicuous by their absence.
With numerous Pink Feet skeins etched on the clouds, I headed out onto Station Road, where the stubble held a Merlin, two Sprawks and a passing juv Marsh Harrier, which drew the inevitable crow hassle before drifting off over the fields.
Still a few Red Admirals on the wing - but not for much longer I guess.
Met Phil Boardman out there, and after a chat he headed south, while I went home to the north.
Phil scored, I didn't.
"Hi, got this Red Kite on Altcar and the Withins after seeing you this afternoon", he explains.
Lovely shot - thanks for sharing Phil.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...