Spring passage is of course, absolutely brilliant, especially as the months of April and May have been such stonkers this year, but really, you can’t beat a good seawatch.
So I was delighted to walk out into a freshening westerly early doors this morning and decided to give Ainsdale a quick hour on the rising tide before work, and more importantly, before the shimmer started on the horizon.
A clear southerly movement of birds was taking place offshore – nothing major, but steady.
It was enough to put a smile on my face and give me my first Manxies of the year.
Sand, salt, seabirds – bring it on.
20/5/16, Ainsdale 0800-0900, W’ly f4:
Manx Shearwater 32
auk sp 24
Common Scoter 6
Great Crested Grebe 2
If anyone is free today – the tide is high at about 1120 (depending on where you’re sitting), and the birds are still moving….