Irish Sea Wild

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Way too choppy for anything meaningful seawatch-wise before work this morning, but it was challenging to scan the deepening winter troughs off Ainsdale as the wind strengthened from the north west and I lost the feeling in my feet.
Too much sea to see if yesterday’s four Harbour Porpoise were still about, which was a shame, ‘cos as blubber goes, they were good value.
As usual the Common Scoter horde was strung out offshore like maritime measles, but although the heavy swell forced them into the air frequently, I couldn’t pick up anything out of the ordinary.
Then the sun came out, and the light started bouncing off their underwings again and it was time to give up.
I know that’s a lousy picture, but if you squint hard you can just make out the black dots of scoter rising out of the waves.
Do scoters suffer from motion sickness?
Is flying preferable to bobbing about in stormy seas?
Do these birds commute in the bay to join the throng at Conway or north to Shell Flats?
Why don’t they ever seem to dive for food off Ainsdale during the day (scope ’em for a while – they just sit there, jostle or do the funny short flight territorial thing, but they don’t dive…mebbe they use this stretch of coast exclusively as a roosting area???)?
So many questions, so many scoters, so many waves…