Wandered down to Ainsdale Beach this afternoon after work - raining, tide ebbing and the wet sand like a badly set jelly.
Very few gulls to speak of and it was really quiet, leaving me to muse on the Carrion Crow above doing a pathetic impersonation of a House Crow.
One Great Crested Grebe and one Red Throated Diver, with 17 Common Scoter and a Grey Seal offshore.
A handful of Grey Plovers wandered about forlornly, as did Redshank and Barwits, only about 70 Sanderlings seemed to have much energy about them - but boy, did they have it in spades....
Whizzing about everywhere, never lifting their bills far from the soft sand as they fed.
Got bored with getting rained on so walked back round to Sands Lake for a quick check at dusk.
More cover cleared on the south side, but at least a new sign informs me that Sefton Rangers will be planting 800 new trees after they have nuked the Poplar scrub, so it's not all bad.
Two Pochard, 9 Shoveler, usual Mute Swan family and two Coot nests well built already in front of the island.
About 40-50 Tufted Ducks.
So I suppose it wasn't that bad...(no, it really, really, really was pants).
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies....