As Phil Smith said yesterday, the big wreck of Rayed Trough Shells on Ainsdale beach is really drawing in the gulls.
About 5,000 birds there early morning today fighting with Carrion Crows and Jackdaws to get the best pickings, but more birds in the early afternoon, with the low tide area white with 'em up towards Weld Road.
If someone had the time to go through them, there's bound to be something to be found - and I'm not talking about empty Mactra shells.
Sadly, I wasn't the one with the time today, as I was working.
I did notice several BHGs moulting almost into full summer plumage, so that'll be the end of winter any day now then.
Big increase in Common Gulls too, as you'd expect at this time of year, with a pleasing variety of phases and plumages, from ashy grey-headed birds to slaty-backed to pearly grey.
Always liked the way Common Gulls perch on overhead lines in Scandinavia, I wish they'd do that here.
My "Big Boys' Book of Shells" tells me the Rayed Trough Shell is a relative of the Clam, and can be consumed by humans (but only by the very brave and stupid along our coast).
"A shell bivalve, equilateral or just inequilateral. Ligament external, thin, and ........zzzzzz"
Sorry, these molluscs id guys ain't quite mastered the flow of the English language yet - hardly surprising given the things they spend their time poking.
Gulls love 'em anyway (the shells, not the mollusc books), and that's all you need to know really - who fancies a white-wing or two?
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...