Trying to ignore the brisk southerly, and the nagging thought that I should have checked the Hesketh Road area for passerines early doors today, I put in an hour or so's seawatch from Ainsdale from 11.10am to 12.40pm.
Now there are certain well-known seawatchers who shall remain nameless, who have taken to referring to the site as a "candy ass wimp" seawatching spot, and while it never performs as well as Formby Point, it does have its moments.
There were none of these moments today though.
Nice summer plumage Red Throated Diver close inshore was the only highlight.
Red Throated Diver 11
Great Crested Grebe 1
Common Scoter 35
Red Breasted Merg 16
Sandwich Tern 2
Plenty of gulls resting on the sea, which is never a good sign, with Ringed Plover, Sanderling etc on the tideline.
A few Sand Martins and Swallows went scudding north over the dunes and a single White Wagtail landed close by for a few seconds before setting off again.
Cracking male Brambling in the garden at Dempsey Towers yesterday evening.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...