Although the wind had dropped right back, I spent an hour over high tide at Ainsdale today - conditions weren't too bad, it wasn't particularly cold and apart from a light shower, it stayed dry.
Three Reed Buntings and a Pied Wag round the Discovery Centre, two Stonechats and a few Greenfinches further up the shore towards the Green Beach.
Offshore there were good numbers of Common Scoter, but the Sandwich Terns of summer have been replaced by the Common Gulls of winter now.
Common Scoter 250+
Red Breasted Merganser 9
Great Crested Grebe 7
Red Throated Diver 1
Auk sp 1
Squadrons of Cormorants offshore, and roosts up the beach towards Taggs, where several good-sized wader roosts were visible through the 'scope.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...