Before the rain and wind fully set in, we visited the RSPB's Grey Lake reserve - open, wild and wet. The highlight was the enormous flock of green and golden plovers; disturbed by some hidden or perceived danger they wheeled around in the grey sky, filling the air above our heads with flapping wings and scything shadows.
Near the hides, where the willows provide a muddy carr, a number of water rails tiptoed and skulked, seeking out a tasty morsel
In the car park the bird tables, stocked with seeds by visitors, attracts multiple buntings, tits, robins, starlings and finches.
It was great to be out, but we were quite glad to call it a day at 3pm.