SW f5-6. Hail. Sun. Squalls. Seawatch.


A steady southerly movement of Gannets off Ainsdale, and a single Fulmar during the morning, was enough to make me give a seawatch a punt at lunchtime today in surprisingly fierce conditions.
The Gannet passage had eased, but there was still a weak stream out on the horizon with one or two closer in by the time I got onto the dunes.
But nothing ventured, nothing gained, it was good to seawatch again, if only for a short time.

Ainsdale 1230-1330:

Gannet 80+
Common Scoter 18+
Red Throated Diver 6 (all high north)
Fulmar 1 (south)
Kittiwake 2 (north)
Great Crested Grebe 1
Teal 7 (north)
Auk sp 1 (north)

The divers (2 small groups) gave the impression of birds on passage, on a day when hirundine and Mipit movement was light to say the least over the dunes.