Taking the weight off


When you’re half a leg short of a full pair, a nice sit down is probably just the thing – so I was pleased to find Stumpy the Caspian Gull taking it easy on Ainsdale beach at lunchtime.
The bird always looks so awkward when it tries to keep its balance standing up too.
Stumpy looked a bit wary today, which wasn’t altogether surprising as I nearly hit him in the wheels as I hurtled into work a few days back.
Stumpy had just launched himself off his favourite lamp-post on Shore Road and swooped down in front of my windscreen, shearing away unharmed just in the nick of time – now that would have been really embarrassing.
The sands were pretty quiet in the continuing cold, grey today, although the “New New Green Beach” is looking perfect for Natterjacks (if the water doesn’t evaporate and dogwalkers can keep their pets out of it – I know, a forlorn hope), and hosted about 30 Mipits, 3 Pied Wagtails and 3 Skylarks.
Stonechat singing in the frontal dunes, but nowhere near as accommodating as the birds down at Hall Road that I had the pleasure of showing to a guided walk on Monday.


At least two singing males there at the moment.
Earlier this morning a quick sweep of the flat calm rising tide at Ainsdale gave me approximately 500 Common Scoters still (distant), 8 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Red Breasted Mergs and 2 Red Throated Divers.