Spent 40 minutes from 12.40pm with Ralph Jones scoping out the receding tide off Ainsdale today - handy to set a few marker points if we both get a chance to seawatch later in the week when the big blow (albeit not as strong as originally forecast), rips into the bay.
We decided on the Lennox rig (surprise, surprise), a "No Dog Sign" and a red bathing warning flag - that'll divide the vast expanse of sea up nicely if we get any action.
Today's quick look wasn't too bad, with at least three Arctic Skuas (hassling terns), good numbers of Common Scoter and distant Gannets fishing out on the horizon.
In fact most of the stuff was a long way out, so I'm gonna need a good NWly to really score like Bazzo did this morning at Formby Point (see comment on previous entry).
Arctic Skua 3
Manx Shearwater 2
Sandwich Tern c120
Common Tern 11
Arctic Tern 4
Common Scoter 50+
Earlier in the day, passerines were trickling through - wagtails (including 5 Grey Wags by 9am), Meadow Pipits and Swallows mainly...and a nice female Sparrowhawk hunting the dunes to the south of Shore Road - it's all shaping up nicely.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...