Thanks to Keith Russell who sent me a few shots yesterday - including this Pinkie with Greylags, almost certainly an oversummering bird, but the real deal should be winging their way down to iceland now that the wind has dropped off - first lot should be touching down any time soon.
"Spent some time at Nels this afternoon. In flew a group of Greylags together with a Pink Foot ( see pic ). It was flying and so isn't currently injured BUT I presume it will be one left behind from last year and not a new arrival ?? Or ( hope against hope) do they occasionally turn up on their own when migrating?" say Keith.
He continues: Many thanks for introducing me to the art of seawatching on Friday. The sea may have been quiet but I feel you taught me a lot in terms of how to approach things. As I mentioned I managed a couple of distant shots of the Phalarope at Martin Mere. I'm sure there are lots of better pics of it by now but just in case they're of any use to you I've attached my attempts.
"I've put all my other pics together on a website www.krbirdphotography.co.uk it doesn't amount to much yet but my plan is for it to grow as I get more into birding and get to see more species".
Personally I got 30 minutes or so seawatching over the pitifully low high tide last night off Ainsdale, with no great success. With the distance away from the tideline, I used the tired and decidedly unsuccessful formula of setting my scope up on the back of the Land Rover - it means you get closer tot he water, but lose a great deal of range.
That said, 3 Kittiwakes, 7 Manxies, 2 Gannets and 9 Common Scoter seemed a reasonable payback.
Whimbrel heading south earlier, and the second dead Grey Seal pup in as many days (isn't this a bit early for them?)
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...