Nothing as impressive as Bazzo's session at Formby Point (see comment on previous entry), but I got down to Ainsdale Beach for the high tide today from 11.35am to 1pm.
Sunny, with a force 4-5 westerly blowing over a beach busy with day trippers.
Birds don't come as close here as they do off Formby, but it was clear that there was a major passage of terns going on - they were streaming through south.
I used my new clicker - a birthday present from Mrs D today (happy birthday to me) to keep things good and accurate.
Plenty of Arctic Skuas offshore, plus one very intriguing bird - small and skinny, high up, just drifting lazily south, gliding and stalling on drooping wings.
Made one half hearted attempt at harrying an Arctic Tern, then drifted off - could have been a Long Tailed, but I just couldn't pin it down.
C'est la vie.
Gannets and Manxies were feeding on the horizon - usually the Manxies just tazz through, so it was nice to see several big loose flocks of 'em circling round an area - but it made repeat counting quite likely.
Manx Shearwater 125
Sandwich Tern 111
Arctic Tern 145
Common Tern 73
Common Scoter 27
Arctic Skua 6
Skua sp 1
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...