Fresh from his blitz of Sri Lanka (53 lifers and Leopard) Barry McCarthy just texted me (11.20am) from the top of Marshside's Mount Baker, where he had Velvet Scoter and three Little Gulls over the Ribble.
Good records, although given high winds and good tides, conditions are ripe for some decent birds seeking shelter offshore at Marshside.
This is only Marshside's second record of Velvet Scoter - the first was in 1978, and also found by Bazzo.
Tides look good for the weekend too.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies.....