Hot again, so not much point seawatching given the shimmer on the high tide at Ainsdale today - Gannets and Sarnie Terns offshore tho' along with Sanderling, Oycs, Barwits etc on the sands as the tide fell back, but with all human life descending on the coast today, it was hard to find a quiet corner for a bit of birding.
The young Starlings (no, they ain't bloody Nutcrackers!!!) seemed unperturbed by paragliders, scrambling bikes and quads (yup, I dealt with 'em all today, not to mention lost car keys, insect bites, tonnes of litter and errant barbecues), but it was next to impossible finding an undisturbed migrant trap amongst the sea buckthorn, attractive as it is now that the berries are forming bright orange clusters.
A few Mipits and Swallows on the move, but not much else.
Met Phil Smith on the Green Beach - he'd had at least 10 Ruddy Darters in the pools in Birkdale dunes, plus a new plant species for the site - a hybrid willow.
Hmm, good luck with that Phil.
Joking aside, the indefatigible Mr S had spent the previous evening looking at the Sandhill Rustics with Richard Burkmar et al - probably the most enigmatic (certainly the weirdest) species on the coast - I must try to catch up with them one of these days...
Hope anyone who went for it, caught up with the Wilson's Phal at the Mere, I'm back to the dunes.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...