About time

Great skills from Chris Fyles who picked up the Elegant Tern in the Ainsdale roost (finally) during his monthly WEBS count with Pete Allen this morning.

Given the Elegant has been swanning around everywhere from Cemlyn to Knott End-On-Sea this summer it would have been the height of rudeness if it didn’t drop into Ainsdale at some point.

Maybe the tern should sell a tour t-shirt…

After some initial disturbance the roost settled in the usual area about half a mile north of the Shore Road beach entrance and I spent two hours playing hide and seek with the Elegant Tern inbetween asking dog walkers and horse riders to steer clear of the area.

Thanks to them for their understanding – incidentally if anyone wants to help me as a volunteer educating our increasing numbers of visitors about the need to respect this SSSI coastline and not disturb the roosts, just drop me an email at john.dempsey@sefton.gov.uk.

I’m on my hols this week but will contact you on my return.

The Ainsdale roost was a little distant for pictures and I’m glad to say no one tried to get too close, but snapping the big-beezered beauty was all a bit hit and miss – fire at the area the bird is in and hope it has its bill up!

The roost was habitually spooked by Lesser and Greater Black Backs and a Carrion Crow, but the terns settled again quickly and then it was just a case of picking up the bill again.

Top right.

When it turned face on the bird could be hard to find, but its slightly larger size and subtly different head pattern helped pin-point it.

More bull-necked too?

About 30 Common Terns, at least one Arctic and a Med Gull with the roost.

Thanks Chris and Pete – great work….

2 thoughts on “About time

  1. On 22nd August, I confirmed the ongoing presence of Speckled
    Bush-cricket at Falklands Way, Ainsdale, sweep-netting a male close to where I have found others annually since 2018. It will, of course, be returned unharmed.
    I also caught both male and female Mottled Grasshopper across the road on the Ainsdale LNR where winter cattle grazing has created the short, open vegetation with bare patches required by this local species. A few
    years ago, it would have been inconceivable to find this species on the fixed-dunes here; the vegetation was waist-high!

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  2. Brill Phil _ I well remember the one you and Trevor showed me a few years ago, and of course my “first for Sefton” Oak Bush Cricket at Dempsey Towers in 2010…
    Wonderful creatures.


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