While poor Wirral went into meltdown over a tricky peep over the tide (those things are always hellish, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise), Bazzo and I seawatched in a brisk W/NWly force five from the Tobacco Dump today - light was perfect, and while there were not huge numbers of birds (apart from the omnipresent scoter horde), there was always something of interest.
A very enjoyable session, mostly in bright sunshine.
Good numbers of Leach's Petrel - all looking fit as a fiddle and powering north or south depending on their wont, but no sign of the tired individuals you get in a classic wreck.
Strikes me as an odd movement of Leach's these last few days - some today were happily feeding offshore just behind the surf, with no sense of the birds being stormblown or fatigued.
For comedy value a pale bellied Brent Goose, which headed south, then came back north through the surf, then headed south again - as lost as a bird can be.
Tobacco Dump, 1100-1430:
NWly 5/Wly 4-5:
Manx Shearwater 4
Leach's Petrel 11
Sandwich Tern 12
Common Scoter 650+
auk sp 2
Pale bellied Brent Goose 1
Red Throated Diver 3
plus Grey Plover, Oycs, Sanderling, LBB, GBB etc.
Good count of Fulmar for Formby Point - they seem so much scarcer these days, but very few Manxies or Gannets.
On the way off the point, Small Tortoiseshell and Common Darter in the fading nettlebeds.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...