If I'd found a Pec' Sand' or a Yellow-browed Warbler it would have been a pleasant late autumn afternoon on the Ribble Estuary. I didn't so it was a pleasant early winter's afternoon down at the reserve.
2 Little Grebe, 8 Mute Swans (no Whoopers), 1000+ Pink-footed Geese on the salt marsh, 25 Mallard, 35 Shelduck, 10 Teal, 3 Merlin, Common Buzzard, 6 Cormorants, 6 Little Egrets (no rings), 3 Grey Heron, 55 Curlew, 80 Redshank, 1 Snipe, 500+ Golden Plover (river), 1000+ Lapwing (river). Small stuff included 6 Fieldfares, a Mistle Thrush 3 Blackbirds, 2 Redwings in the hedgerow, 15+ Skylarks, 10+ Mipits and a single Reed Bunting on the marsh.
I stayed at HOM until dusk(ish) in the hope of Hen Harrier (one over at Warton this afternoon apparently) or Short-eared Owl but no luck. Someone at the HOM viewpoint said the Southport Shorelark was still around today. All good stuff.