With the days getting a tad longer, I got onto Ainsdale beach early today and had a quick squint before work.
Good strong wind and showers meant the place was quiet (the dogwalkers and kiters hadn't woken up yet), so plenty of gulls were riding out the storm on the beach and it wasn't long before I picked up the nice adult Med moulting into summer plumage at the front of the blurry pic above (no scope).
Don't know if it's the same bird Chris Tynan had a few days back or a different one?
Good variety of Herring and Commons in all manner of plumages, which I went through carefully having read up on Thayer's Gull last night - if you ever succumb to the unlikely combination of insomnia and over-confidence, I can recommend trying to gen up on Thayer's - your brain will fry and you'll fall asleep before you know it.
As far as I can make out, the best thing you do if you come across a likely candidate is to run away in the opposite direction. Fast.
Left the gulls in peace and went to work.
Hordes of roosting Cormorants off the Green Beach later, but otherwise quiet, apart from the first winter Glauc bathing at the front of the roost at Weld Road over the tide.
No sign of the second year bird today.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...