Best bird of today was undoubtedly the Spoonbill which flew low over the beach north of Southport Pier, passing the Land Rover I was pootling along in with Ralph Jones today.
Skinny matchstick shape in flight (the Spoonbill, not Ralph), it was making heavy weather flapping into the strengthening south westerly at 1.55pm and dropped out of sight around the Boghole Channel.
Little Egret out there too.
A Swift over Dempsey Towers early doors heading south, but with the wind picking up, I couldn't resist a quick seawatch from the tideline at Ainsdale at 6.30-7.05pm.
Not bad given the restricted visibility (the tide was too low to bother 'scoping from the dunes), with a few nice birds in a short space of time.
Manx Shearwater 34
Sandwich Tern 40+
I'm sure there were more birds out there, but I was too close to the surf (in case a late Stormie swept through) to get a good view.
If the wind holds up, there are some belting tides this week...seawatching troosers on and all hands to Formby Point!
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...