Firstly fairly quiet down at Ainsdale today - nice and bright, with only a gentle breeze, so not much in the way of seabird action.
Early doors, a few grounded parties of migrating Meadow Pipits were obvious, resting on the wet sand off the Green Beach, and one or two groups of alba wags were dotted about with a Grey Wag at the entrance slipway onto Southport beach.
The near resident Carrion Crows battered a Common Buzzard passing over Ainsdale beach mid-morning.
Not many hirundines on the move though.
Much more fun yesterday in the heavy rain showers, as I watched a pair of GBBs playing tug o' war with the remains of a dogfish at the edge of a channel in the pouring rain.
Oddly enough, it was the young bird on the right that was more aggressive, dragging the adult GBB about without a great deal of effort - odd, I've never seen the biggest gull in the world being bullied before, let alone by a youngster.
The gluttonous juv managed to ram the dogfish into its gullet after a minute or so and attempted to fly off with difficulty, barely clearing the sand, with the enraged adult screaming on its tail.
Far more subtle, and arguably easier on the eye, were a party of five Black Terns which headed south over Ainsdale beach in the heavy rain at 10.00.
Just about managed to check 'em all to rule out American Black Tern, but no chance of a decent picture with the point and press as they plugged along in the torrential rain.
Honestly guv'nor, the five smudges in the pic above are Black Terns!
Perhaps there was a bit of a movement of them yesterday, as I had another Black Tern moving south along the tideline at 14.35.
Lovely crisp bird that obstinately refused to drop into the small tern roost (c50 Sarnies and 2 juv Commons), opting instead to keep on keeping on south.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...