The rain flattened things out today, but frustratingly the wind dropped back too, so that the wild south westerly of yesterday had disappeared, even if the tide was still a constant white noise rumble at Ainsdale.
Wind great for Leach’s yesterday, but the whole beach was running in the dry conditions, and the coast was bleached white with racing sand.
While Leach’s are tough customers, I’ve never seen them tracking over the shore when the sand is running like this – they just don’t like it up ’em, and stay out in the swell.
On the upside this is precisely what the coast needs to create embryo dunes, and keep the habitat suitable for any range of rare and protected species – and it looks great too.
Salty saltation YouTube vid here. Can you not hear your inner Viking call?
Wetter today, which stopped the sand running and allowed waders to forage in the exciting new embryos beside the beach car park at Ainsdale*.
20+ Ringed Plovers, 4-5 Dunlin and one Little Stint.
The wind was still strong enough to blow the Little Stint sideways, but to its credit, even while other waders sheltered behind what little cover there was in the wind and rain, it kept scampering about.
So small it looked like a mere speck in the eye of the growing numbers of BHGs and Common Gulls.
Skylarks on the move now too, with birds “chirrupping” overhead this morning at Queen’s Jubilee Nature Trail and later over Ainsdale beach, and a few Wheatears still trickling through, including this camera-obliging critter in the Blitz Beach rubble on the Alt earlier in the week.
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*The car parking area on Ainsdale beach closed for the season this evening and will open again next spring – time to give the SSSI shoreline a rest.