Following a walk out to the wreck of the Ionic Star off Formby early doors today I got back onto dry land and picked Bazzo and Neill up for a seawatch off the Tobacco Dump from 1135 to 1405 or so.
With a fast developing south westerly last night, a fine high tide and a good scattering of quality seabirds in all the usual places (hell, there was even a Sabs on the shore at Morecambe this afternoon), we felt we should see something.
Formby Point played one of its occasional dirty tricks to present us with a rising tide largely devoid of seabirds, apart from commuting terns and the growing rafts of wintering Common Scoter.
Pleasant enough spot to while the afternoon away though.
Tobacco Dump, 1135-1405:
Common Scoter 450-500
Arctic Skua 2-4
Sandwich Tern 200+
Common Tern 90+
Arctic Tern 11
Great Crested Grebe 3
You know it’s quiet when you start pondering the steady southerly movement of LBBs which runs through till October – we’ll be counting Cormorants next…Noooooooo!!!