It was the Siskin’s fault.


Raw day, which brought in two Redwings and two fine male Siskins into the garden at Dempsey Towers – enough to encourage me to get out and have a spin on the Withins and Plex, but by the time I was out there the rain/sleet mucky stuff had set in to create a classic dank mossland winter afternoon.
Not much to be seen apart from wet and miserable Kestrels, wet and miserable Peregrines and Buzzards and a large flock of Linnet, made up of about 80 birds, which although a bit distant, were undoubtedly wet and miserable too.



Everything was grounded and drenched, with the exception of a few groups of Pink Feet.
Called into Sands Lake at Ainsdale on the way back, which was still partially frozen and playing host to a very wet and miserable young Grey Heron.