A big roost of commoner wader species on Ainsdale beach today, pushed high up the sands by the second monster tide, and mighty flighty - spooked by dogwalkers (nothing new there...but for anyone who doesn't know, it is against the law to let your dog/horse/child etc wilfully disturb roosting waders), a big blue umbrella and even the arrival of more Dunlin, Sanderling, Grey Plover etc to join the horde.
A good 5,000 birds roosting at the north end of the beach, with a fair few Turnstone amongst 'em, and more clouds of wader further up the coast, swirling around in the gloomy drizzle.
Some of the Knot bore BTO type rings, but the lousy light meant this wasn't the day to be checking rings in the field.
After watching the waders over the tide, Ralph, Duncan and I headed up to Weld Road, which was still inundated by the sea, and hosting c10,000 gulls in a loose roost stretching away to the south.
A bit of 'scopage revealed at least two Med Gulls (one winter adult, the other an adult with a feint hood starting to form), but a roost this big probably held other goodies.
Skylarks and up to 60 Twite were feeding on the few areas of tidal wreckage not swamped by the tide.
Great to see so many birds on the coast - Marshside must have been something to behold today.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...