The weekend started exceptionally well with a flyover Waxwing, calling, over the house as I left for work Friday morning. Despite seeing it or another later in the afternoon and searching all the local haunts I didn't refind it. With good numbers now in Cheshire & N Wales I'm pretty sure it won't be long before they find the nearby Rowans.
With the tides being a bit early for a dawn trip to Hilbre Steve & I decided to make the most of a sunny Saturday afternoon and went over for a few hours at low tide. Brent Geese numbers are on the increase and the first wintering Purple Sandpipers have arrived with a maximum of 11 being seen so far.
With fine weather again Sunday we took the opportunity to take a long walk exploring some of the local footpaths. Winter thrushes were prevalent along with a good sized flock of Chaffinch's but no Brambling's.