Went for a walk south through Taggs Island today from 11.30am to 2.30pm.
Inititially pretty quiet, with a reasonable sized gull roost and 150+ Jackdaws frequently flushed by dog walkers and their beasts - very frustrating.
A few Linnets and Skylarks about, but no Snipe or Jack Snipe in the marsh.
Walked down the beach - tideline corpses included two Guillemots and a Teletubby - before settling to watch the wader roost.
See above for how the Oystercatchers should look - and below is what they look like when two horse riders canter through them, oblivious to the energy expended by flushed waders at this time of year.
Plenty of Bar Tailed Godwits, Sanderling, Redshank, Grey Plover and a few Turnstone on the shore and as I was scoping them, a Leach's Petrel came down the tideline, riding the wind north.
But not so surprising when you think 190 of the wonderful things came out of the Mersey mouth past Crosby Marine Park today - I expect there'll be more there tomorrow for anyone anxious to see a Leach's Petrel reasonably close....
Three Pink Feet flew overhead, aiming south.
Out over the mountainous surf a Kittiwake headed south too.
Walked back through the marsh - very wintry and wet, but still no birds.
Nearer to Weld Road I had another look at the gull roost, which now comprised of several thousand birds, including a michahellis Yellow Legged Gull, which showed well, but distantly and a Black Headed Gull in full summer plumage.
If the forecasters have got it right, Hell is coming to breakfast tomorrow, with gale force winds and driving rain, so there''s only one thing to do really:
Seawatch until your scope seizes up and your eyes fall out.....
Enjoy the Leach's while they're here!!!!!
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies....