Managed an hour's seawatch over the tide from Ainsdale today (1.30pm-2.30pm), but it was very quiet, meaning the frequent squalls became all the less pleasant.
Very big sea running with a 9m+ tide, but all I could muster was approx 200 Common Scoter and 10 Red Breasted Mergansers.
Plenty of Sanderling, Grey Plover, Knot etc crowding round the high tide line up near the Green Beach, but when the rain water began to trickle down the back of me kecks I knew it was time to call it a day.
Perhaps more interesting were the large numbers of Redwings moving through earlier in the day - I had several groups of about 20 birds over Dempsey Towers early on, and smaller parties passed over Southport town centre during the morning.
Some even went over me while I was seawatching, and Jellyhead Jackson called to say he'd had a few going over Formby.
All the birds appeared to be heading north - similar to the big movement a couple of years ago.
Anyone else notice any Redwing flocks on the move today?
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...