Dunno what went wrong today - on paper it looked great...reasonably strong westerly wind, nice and cloudy, with a big fat high tide at noon - so where were all the birds?
Didn't see a single thing apart from two Gannets passing Ainsdale as I worked on the coast today, unless you count the Sandwich Terns, which were commuting about as usual, and the wader roost, which included Sanderling, Knot, Oycs, Dunlin, 7 Turnstone, and a solitary young Curlew Sandpiper which pitched down amongst the Sanderling briefly, before heading on its way again.
Drastic action is called for if my seawatching is going to improve this autumn that's for sure.
Tried watching the dvds that come with Bob Flood and Ashley FIsher's new tome on Storm Petrels, but bizarrely all the swaying and rolling waves in the footage made me feel seasick for the first time in my life - heartily recommend the book though.
Easier on the stomach is the latest download report from Gwennap and the Seawatch SW website (that's Porthgwarra etc to the rest of us), bristling with shears, Basking Sharks and Cornish pasties.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...