Where there’s no sense, there’s no feeling

The high tide at Ainsdale looked quite nice in the sun today – but the camera lies…I’d lost all feeling south of me belly-button long before I took this pic on today’s brrrrracing seawatch.
Managed an hour and a half, didn’t get a great deal apart from my first skua of the year, a fine Arctic Skua heading south and high at a rate of knots at 1055.
Everything else was battling north in the pitiless, bitter north/north westerly.
Swallows struggled along the tideline framed by the snow dusted Welsh hills across the water, and terns were on the move, but mostly too far out on the wibbly wobbly horizon to identify.

Ainsdale, 25/4/17, 1000-1130:

Tern sp 30-50 distant north
Sandwich Tern 17 north
Common Scoter 8 south
Gannet 15 north
Med Gull 1 sub-adult north
Arctic Skua 1 dark phase south
Kittiwake 4 north

+ Common Gull, Cormorants, waders etc

Time to defrost.

7 thoughts on “Where there’s no sense, there’s no feeling

  1. Formby Point seawatch, 0920-1140
    Trops and I found the light the main obstacle, with steady though thin northward passage but visibility beyond 800-1000m just wobbly jelly:
    Common Scoter 2
    Red-throated Diver 5
    Black-throated Diver 1
    Great Crested Grebe 3
    Gannet c 25
    Manx Shearwater 7
    Arctic Skua 1 south; John’s bird, a few minutes later!
    Sandwich Tern c20
    upward of a hundred other terns, most probably Sandwich but some smaller spp. unidentifiable in the shimmer
    Whimbrel 1 over surf
    Tree Pipit flushed at close quarters on our approach-march over the dunes

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  2. Hooded Crow at Cabin Hill, Formby, this morning and later (1250) on the Marsh Farm ploughed fields from Range Lane with other corvids.


  3. Hi John! Had my first white butterfly on the 27th male Orange Tip, Butterflies really poor down here. Just Speckled Wood+Comma the only things of note!

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    • Had a few Orange Tips on Range Lane, Formby this week Si, also Speckled Woods, Comma, Holly Blue, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell around Ainsdale, but not large numbers of anything yet…


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