Two different days today - bright and a good high tide in the a.m., then a hooley of not insignificant proportions building over the course of the afternoon, so that the wind is now officially "mad as a lorry" around Dempsey Towers at present.
Couldn't help but notice the large gull roost at Ainsdale this morning, but didn't have much time to go through it - must be something good out there, and with a string of reasonable tides and the wind holding, gull roosts at Ainsdale, at Weld Road, and on Marshside One have got to be a good bet for action over the weekend.
Med Gulls a banker in the latter site's roost.
Siskin and Meadow Pipit overhead today, but just a handful, so I don't think they were heralding the start of Spring migration just yet.
Freshly back off the subs' bench, Duncan Rothwell managed a quick count at Sands Lake - Tufties 104, Mallard 127, Pochard 3, Shoveler 2, Coot 19, Mute Swan 2.
No sign of any Twite on the beach today though, I suspect they've whizzed back up to Weld Road, where there is at least some shelter from the yawning maw of a Feb hooley.
By the way, one for finch anoraks;
Do Twite have faster wingbeats than Linnet?
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...