With two Sarnie Terns fishing offshore from the tower this morning, and all that lovely blue sky and sun, I decided to give a seawatch a go over lunch at Ainsdale today.
Very gentle f3 SWly, but a bit misty as a 10 metre plus flat calm high tide slid in.
Nowt to steam me ‘scope up, but Red Throated Divers were obviously moving north – small hunchbacked parties passing by regularly about halfway out.
A few were well into summer plumage as they “periscoped” along.
Heads up! Watch where we’re going…
Three Harbour Porpoises showing well too about 100 metres off.

Ainsdale 1230-1330:

Sandwich Tern 14
Great Crested Grebe 8
Red Throated Diver 16
Red Breasted Merganser 5
Common Scoter 14
Cormorant 12
Harbour Porpoise 3
Grey Seal 2

Curlew, Grey Plover, Oycs, Mipits and Linnets as per usual over the dunes.

9 thoughts on “Misty

  1. 1 Great Northern Diver off the end of the boardwalk at high tide at Formby Point today, and a Common Sandpiper on the Sands Lake at Ainsdale.


  2. A quick visit to Marshside this afternoon revealed the Little Gull still doing its frenetic thing over the Junction Pool, whilst at Nel’s I counted about 140 Golden Plover interspersed with around 100 Ringed Plover and 40-ish Dunlin. Reed Warblers were singing either side of the hide, and there was a steady flow of Swallows heading northwards. There was also a Curlew Sandpiper out front of Nel’s, though if anyone else saw it I’d be happy to have the id confirmed (or even overturned). The id was based on the bird’s distinctly undunlin-like behaviour, though it looked like a winter Dunlin. All the others were black-bellied to some extent, but this bird kept itself apart and was not as mobile – though it did seem to have a leg or foot problem. But it was marginally bigger, the bill seemed longer, and after careful and extensive scoping I could conform that the folded wings extended beyond the tail. So…
    Whitethroats just everywhere along the Cheshire Lines this morning.


  3. Marshside/Crossens, 0845-1315
    My first local Wood Warbler in at least a decade was going to be a hard act to follow (it didn’t stay long) but the subsequent session didn’t disappoint : Male Redstart and Whinchat, female Stonechat (quite late, that one), 4 Sedge Warblers, 3 Whitethroats, 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 12 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, 1 White Wagtail.
    Out again tomorrow am; must strike while the iron is hot, as winter is due to return by Sunday!


  4. Marshside/Crossens, 0830-1340
    Good though brief views of a Cetti’s Warbler in brambles below the Marine Drive embankment near Polly’s Creek at 1220….first site record! Apart from a singing Garden Warbler by the path down to Nel’s Hide at about 1100, the supporting cast of new arrivals/migrants pretty run-of-the mill: 6 Willow Warblers, 4 each Chiffchaffs and Whitethroats, 3 each Blackcaps and Wheatears, 1 Sedge Warbler


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