Like a wet mirror…

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I resisted the temptation to check through the gulls at the north end of Ainsdale beach at lunchtime and tried a seawatch on the falling tide from the dunes instead – it was flat calm and visibility wasn’t too bad until a bank of mist came rolling in.
Still mighty pleasant ‘scoping with almost warmth from the sun on my back.
Not too much out there today, which wasn’t entirely surprising given the high winds of late, but fun just to be able to scan the water again.

Ainsdale, 1215-1315:
Red Breasted Merg 7
Great Crested Grebe 5
Red Throated Diver 4
Common Scoter 51
Teal 2

The scoter horde is still scattered after the gales, but I hope they’ll build up again – or will they all head down to the North Wirral shore like last year???
Interesting to see one or two scoters actually diving today – usually they just doze on the swell off Ainsdale.

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6 thoughts on “Like a wet mirror…

  1. Is that what happened with the scoter last year? I assumed given the number of Surfers the Wirral records referred to North Wales birds shifting rather than ‘ours’.

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    • It’s an interesting question isn’t it Stephen? Certainly the numbers of scoter dropped off Ainsdale as those off Wirral rose, but as you say, the Surfies in the Wirral mega-flock suggest birds from North Wales – unless they lurk out of scope range off Sefton and Fylde too?

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  2. As time goes on I get less convinced on the ‘out of scope range’ theory even though I would prefer to think they were out there. They were never picked up on any of the aerial scoter surveys and at least two of the three Blackpool records fit with passage of Welsh birds, arguably all three of them. Grill them in spring John!

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    • Wildo Stephen – dreaming of finding birds like Surfies off Ainsdale are what keeps me scanning the distant flock (although a few more Velvets would do) – if only they would come a bit closer!!!

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