Coast had a real feel of the "morning after the hooley before" today as tons of debris were being cleared off the seawall after the massive storm surge yesterday (my pix from it are here), and flocks of Pinkies were standing around looking confused in the aftermath.
I headed up to Marshside, where winning my "least expected" award today was a winter plumage Black Guillemot distant on Polly's Pool and sailing far too close to a GBB for safety.
Apparently it was found exhausted in a Formby garden yesterday after the storm and released today.
The bird was busy preening and trying a few short flights, hope it fares better than the Little Auk at the Sands Lake all that time ago...still a Tystie is not what you'd be forecasting for the marsh in December, so all was well.
Closer would have been better mind.
No such problems with "the little white goose", which was busy playing with Mallards on the Sandplant lagoon (oh, do behave).
A quick stop at the Crossens pull-in gave me the Baikal Teal for the day - albeit it very distant out on Crossens Outer, but it was good to see it was still drawing a crowd.
After a peeky peek through Clarko's scope and a speedy debate on which was the best end of the bird, it was time to head off and get on with the things I was supposed to be doing.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...