One or two Wheatears on the Green Beach this afternoon - a female and a youngster, with 50+ Sandwich Tern and smaller numbers of Commons roosting out on the sands amongst the moulty gulls.
A nice juv Marsh Harrier, that looked suspiciously like the bird I've seen up at Marshside once or twice recently, was moving south down the Green Beach, getting serious Kestrel hassle, so it swung out over the beach, only to be battered by two GBBs - understandably it turned tail and disappeared over the dunes, fully aware of who the daddy is on the beach.
Not many hirundines today, but small groups of Mipits moving through, and good numbers of Silver Y moths joining the bumblebees on the gorgeous mounds of flowering Sea Rocket.
A lazy old Natterjack scowled at me while I picked litter around it.
After work a half hour seawatch from Ainsdale wasn't too bad - once it clouded over, visibility over the falling tide from 4.30pm to 5pm was okay, and what was presumably a shoal in the shallows brought in good numbers of Gannet, Manxies and feeding terns.
Some of the Manxies were gathered in feeding groups on the gentle swell about halfway out, while the majority were rollercoastering up and down the horizon.
I hoped the terns would lure in a skua, but no joy.
Manx Shearwater 93
Common Scoter 8
Sandwich Tern 60+
Common Tern c20
Tide maybe worth another look tomorrow evening - if it's not too sunny.
Thanks before I forget to Phil Smith for sending me these two shots of Ruddy Darter from Freshfield Dune Heath.
"Thought you might like to see the first confirmed Ruddy Darter for Freshfield Dune Heath NR - found by Peter Robinson", says Phil.
"Always nice to see one of these beauties!"
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...