Planned to go to The Stang to see if there were any Crossbills around, but when I looked out of the window in was dull and rainy. However I stuck to my plan, when I got there the weather was worse and the treetops were hidden in low cloud. I hung around all morning and it paid off. A short walk and I discovered a small flock of Waxwings and they were either fluffed up against the cold or absolutely full of berries.
Later I went to the top of the forest and found the Crossbills - although they were sticking to the tops of trees.
I noticed something white moving in the undergrowth and saw an Ermine. I managed to "squeek" it closer then it saw me and ran for a bit of cover, I "squeeked" it again and it remained inquisitive but shy.
The Crossbills kept flitting around, but managed a few decent digiscoped shots in the very poor light.
It just shows that if conditions are not good you can still have a good day.