Tried a quick seawatch on the falling tide off Ainsdale this afternoon - the warm, overcast conditions were good for the site, even though the horizon was still a wobbly blancmangey mess.
The southerly flattened out the waves too, which is always helpful here.
Plenty of gulls (mainly LBBs) and Gannets (30-40) feeding offshore, initially in an area about two thirds of the way out that also appeared to be host to a fin moving south through the water!
Very exciting, but it was too far out to get a decent view, and it went under after about 15-20 seconds.
Could just have been a trick of the light of course, but I don't think so.
Way too big for a Harbour Porpoise, although just one, not two fins visible, which kinda rules out all the Basking Sharks I've seen (all sensible ones in the top half of the Irish Sea should be north of Ailsa Craig at this time of the year anyway).
Wonder what it was?????
Stuck with the feeding flock of gulls and Gannets (there are worse ways to spend a muggy afternoon) in the hope something else may come in too - but not even a sniff of a shear or skua.
A few Common and Sarnie terns in the shallows, and a pair of Great Crested Grebes heading south.
Yesterday checked out the mosses in the wilting heat, Marsh Harrier and all the usual goodies you'd expect out there at this time of year, and pleasing numbers of Small Tortoiseshell.
At least the latter haven't all fallen victim to the Sturmia Bella-caust.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...