Nothing wrong with the birding around Formby Point and south today, as I continued with the "Planet Paling" project off Albert Rd.
The morning rain and sea breeze helped to bring a fairly respectable roost together of approx 300 terns - mainly Sandwich and Commons, with a few Arctics thrown in, and with them at least 9 adult Little Gulls, moulting out of summer plumage.
A single Little Tern put in a fleeting appearance.
130+ Cormorants drying out here too, with about 100 of the commoner gull sp and good nos of Dunlin, Sanderling etc.
Two inexperienced juv Arctic Skuas came in out of the bay to attempt to harry the terns with no real success during the morning, and they soon drifted off to the north, while an adult Med Gull was in the surf off Formby Point as the tide rose.
Its black hood was getting decidedly patchy like the Little Gulls.
I crept closer to the roost over lunchtime to try and 'scope birds for rings etc, with no joy. After 20 minutes they all flew up - I was surprised as I didn't think I'd flushed 'em, and seconds later a female Peregrine came tazzing thro' revealing what the real problem was, scattering waders and terns in the process.
It caught nowt, although four days ago I'd watched it successfuly knock a Barwit out of the melee here, before scoffing it on the sand.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...