Barry McCarthy was good to his word (see comments on yesterday's blog entry) and went seawatching at Formby Point from 8.45am to 12.30pm today.
As he anticipated the freaky southerly gale that ripped thro' last night meant good birding, even in the calmer conditions today.
Long Tailed Skua 1 adult
Arctic Skua 1 juv
Common Scoter 1000+
Red Throated Diver 8
Sandwich Tern 18
Arctic Tern 2
Common Tern 4
Nice one Baz - adult Long Tailed Skua, hard to beat.
All hail the King of the Dunes.
Tides are good all weekend for seawatching (check the tide times online or in Lavers).
I'll be thinking of you all while I clean the ***!!!??'in chimney.
Meanwhile Ron Jackson e-mailed yesterday with a few bits and bobs from Banks Marsh, over to you Ron:
"I'd actually been looking at some of my Lessie Glossy video footage yesterday before I read about the M Mere one. I had a quick look at Banks today, scoped the marsh but nowt apart from masses of Wigeons,
"10,000 saw I at a glance" mmmm ?, certainly that number on Wednesday. They must have arrived during the past few days. No Pink Feet though.
A Marsh Harrier, female I think, flushed the marsh and among a flock of flying Shelducks there seemed to be a Ruddy. Maybe travelled up with the Glossy!
When on the deck though appeared a bit too big, bigger than Shelducks,
A bit dark particularly the head and neck. A poxy southerly wind though
meant unsteady scoping at 50x.
I'll have another look tomorrow and see if I can video it,"
PS This very minute, (5.51pm), a skein of about 100 Pink Feet flew over quite low
and calling heading towards town.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies....