Saturday's downpours turned much of Ainsdale beach into a quagmire this afternoon, and I spent most of my time hauling cars out of the gloop...but later when the sun came out in the evening I managed to catch up with the tern roost for a half hour or so, when they weren't being spooked by joggers (why can't you run around the flocks and not through them? Is it so hard?).
113 Sandwich Terns, including a few adults still bringing fish in from offshore, although they seemed to have trouble finding their offspring.
Plenty of birds with BTO rings too.
16 Common Terns, including three youngsters, with the Sarnies, spending most their time preening.
Lovely as the terns were, more interesting were two colour ringed Sanderlings - after failing to pin a bird down earlier in the summer, I was able to get crap digishots of the individuals tonite and get the sequences.
Could they have been done far away to the north? Or just up the road in some cannon-netting programme?
For those interested, the sequences are as follows:
Bird A (let's call him Steve):
Right leg: Metal ring above yellow above red.
Left leg: Green flag above green above yellow.
Bird B (known as Jim):
Right leg: White over red.
Left leg: Green flag over yellow.
Hmm, I must try and find out where they've come from....safe journey Steve and Jim.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...