The problem was the torrential rain and driving wind - by the time I'd parked up by Sandgrounders and crossed the road, the very important last minute shopping list in my pocket was reduced to illegible mush....
I could still make out a few of the characters carefully written by Mrs D, and it appeared that rather than having a sneaky look at Marshside, I should have been sorting out the following:
Small Moose (I think)
A list like that was clearly way beyond my abilities, so I scurried over the road to have a look at the Junction Pool, where the Long Tailed Duck was still diving away, and looking quite contrasty dapper, even in the lousy light.
Hard enough to follow it in good weather, but near impossible with a face full of wind and rain.
The "little white goose" was in the drain on the south side of Marshside Road with a Mallard.
The view from Sandgrounders Hide wasn't particularly inviting, although the flock of 20-30 Barnacle Geese were in the distance up on Crossens Inner - feral/wild, who knows?
Having given up on hiring cheesewire or buying earwigs, I headed onto Plex, where the Kestrels were having a hard time of it.
Yesterday the wind made it barely possible for them to hover (see pants pic at top of entry), but today they just huddled on the soggy hay bales.
Sprawk and Buzzard made a few half-hearted attempts at flight, but it was all very dark and damp....just a few Mistle Thrushes and Blackbirds about and Pinkie flocks on the black soil.
Best get on with that shopping.....
Anyway, thanks to everyone who has read and commented on the Birdblog again this year, I hope you enjoyed it.
A Merry Cornfish and a Happy Small Moose to you all - see you on the other side.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...