This morning’s final “Vis Mig” walk at work was hard going – fleeting views of one Leach’s over the low tide at Ainsdale in the wind and rain, two Wheatears and not much else.
True to form a return to the beach over the high tide after work this afternoon instantly produced a Leach’s pushing through the surf and a few minutes later, another weaving and staggering down the sand behind me.

It came as close as only a Leach’s can, stalling a few feet from me like a curious Southern Hawker.
You just gotta hold your breath and enjoy ’em then exhale as they drift off south away from you, tattered tails steering them into the wind and arched wings dipping and rising just millimetres over the shore.

There’s something almost intrusive about watching them when they wander past you on the sands, like you’re too close to their Leachy world.
Not a bird you can ever get tired of.
I love the stories and media that surround wrecks like this too – Ian Wolfenden’s sighting of a bird yesterday on the River Alt seconds before it was snatched by a Sprawk; Dave Bickerton recounting during this morning’s sesh how his dad followed a Leach’s up Salford and Trevor Road in Ainsdale on his milk float 40 years ago; Ron Jackson’s top video from this morning and of course Rich Steel’s amazing cod liver oil-steeped pics from Leasowe (previous entry).
Rich’s pix are much better than mine, but then I don’t smell like Billingsgate Fish Market (his words, not mine)!

A storm-battered female Common Scoter was resting on the sands at Ainsdale this evening, to compliment the male in the low tide channels there yesterday.
Hopefully they both got out to sea again.

Wonder how many Leach’s have come through Liverpool Bay in the last few days????

4 thoughts on “More.

  1. Hi John, great blog by the way. Nice to read while waiting for a flight back from Toronto. (Mostly city/tourist stuff), but an area called Toronto Islands was very productive. Every tree seemingly with several Warblers or Vireos. The Warblers usually juvenile, with some difficult to identify thanks to never stopping still! I managed to identify 13 different Warblers and 3 types of Vireo. A Magnolia and Blackburnian being particular highlights as still in summer plumage. I didn’t realise how elusive North American thrushes could be, often seeing a flash of brown disappearing into a bush. The only one I could successfully identify was a Swainson’s peering out of a hedge. Was going to see some American waders and for excited seeing some small peeps at the end of one of the island beaches. But they turned out to be the just the humble Sanderling. Hmpf! Niagara Falls still too early for gull season, but still decent numbers of Bonaparte’s.

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  2. We had a flock of six Pinkies nervously land in the field at the end of our Ormskirk garden on 9th John. They didn’t hang around, and Martin Mere reported their first arrivals too. This morning the sky was full of small (c40 birds) flocks, high up and going in all directions between about 8 and 11 am. At the same time, the pond in Coronation Park has newly-hatched Mallards and Moorhens!!!

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