I snatched a few glimpses at the sea in the run-up to the lunchtime high tide at Ainsdale today. It made a change from attempting to spin 15 plates on 13 sticks.
Fairly calm conditions and frequent rain showers meant that when the rain stopped, visibility was very crisp and while there was nothing that would start a ‘scopeward scramble at the Bridges, it felt good to see summer visitors returning offshore – and my first Swallows of the year, just squeaking into March, and inevitably heading south.
Ainsdale 30.3.17, 1100-1230:
Little Gull 1 adult south
Swallow 2 south
Sand Martin 2 east
Gannet 2 adults offshore
Common Scoter 500+ all over the place
Sandwich Tern 1 south
Red Breasted Merganser 13 offshore
Red Throated Diver 7 offshore
Great Crested Grebe 5 offshore
A more serious crack tomorrow mebbe, if time allows…