Not managed to get onto the shore at Ainsdale much over the last few months, so I headed out at lunchtime today towards the southern end of the Green Beach, through the deep fringe of tidal debris still left from the December 6th storm surge.
Nothing quite as wintry on a grey day as our grey wintering waders - Grey Plovers, Barwits, Sanderling and Dunlin huddled on the damp sand, trying to conserve energy squandered every time an uncontrolled dog ran through them.
All terribly melancholy.
Small, but tightly packed gull roost of the commoner species, with a flyby Black Headed Gull in almost full summer plumage ('bout the same time as previous years), while on the bottom of the Green Beach, 8-9 Common Snipe (no Jacks), Linnet, Reed Bunts, Mipits and Pied Wag.
Certainly plenty of seeds etc on the tideline to lure in an interesting passerine - here's hoping.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...